Should We Be Training Those Unemployed By Offshoring?
from the yes,-yes,-and-yes dept
Offshoring is certainly a controversial topic, and we’ve discussed it to death here – but Salon’s latest article raises an interesting point that I’ve not seen discussed elsewhere. While the US government provides support for things like job training for those who lose their manufacturing job to globalization, they don’t provide the same support for programmers who lose their jobs, claiming that software is a “service”, and they only provide support for workers involved in tangible products. This is a mistake. There’s simply no reason not to provide training support to anyone who loses their job due to offshoring. While I’ve spoken about the reasons to support careful offshoring (not the willy-nilly offshoring that many companies are doing now, which many are already regretting), at the same time, it’s important to continue to train those who lost their jobs so they can continue to contribute to society. The article also discusses things like “wage insurance” – which seems counter-productive, in that it supports people taking lower paying jobs, rather than improving their own job prospects through training for more advanced jobs. Though, there is quite a quote from someone saying that we shouldn’t train or provide wage insurance, but rather “protect the jobs that are already here”. If only it were that easy. The problem with that plan is that those companies will go out of business, since they can’t compete, and then everyone will be worse off. Instead, we should focus on providing the education, training, and support that people need to continue to reinvent our economy.