Congressman stalls USAID's outsourcing project

The USAID was set to spend $10 million to train Sri Lankan workers and then place them with outsourcing vendors who provide outsourcing services to American companies.

New York Congressman Tim Bishop shot off a letter to USAID on August 9 protesting against the programme, which, he wrote, taught “…foreign workers how to better take jobs from American workers.” He also backed a group of laid off workers, who protested against the USAID programme, in New York on August 10.

USAID seems to have yielded to the pressure and suspended the training programme. It has even promised to update its policy guidelines to ensure that “…USAID’s projects do not adversely affect US jobs.’

In a press release, Bishop said, “I am glad that USAID has finally seen the light.  We need to be looking out for American jobs and American taxpayers and that means not one nickel of taxpayer money should support job-killing outsourcing.”

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