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RBC scandal

April 7, 2013


It had to happen sooner or later, and I’m rather glad it happened. Here’s what I’ve learned about the RBC scandal

RBC hiring practices exposed in the news:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/05/bc-rbc-foreign-workers.html

I’ve written before about the abhorrent outsourcing practices of RBC, but now, they allegedly replace Canadian workers with people on temporary work visas.

And denying it:

http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10527531&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

And claiming their employees are unskilled, and must be replaced with Indian nationals who have the skills:

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/rbc-scrambles-to-explain-hiring-practices-to-canadians-after-contentious-report-1.1227904

Though if that were the case, the Canadian employees shouldn’t have to train these guys for months on end just so they’ll do a job with minimal accuracy, then verifying their work for weeks or months before being shown the door for their efforts.

Shame on RBC.

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    Gabs Apr 08, 2013

    I think my biggest question mark on this is other than reduced salaries/benefits, what is RBC getting out of this that would make up for the risk. I’ve been reading media coverage and googling for personal stories on this and I still cannot figure out for the life of my what is so beneficial. They are alienating current employees, customer base and citizenry in general.

    Getting temporary visas is freaking hard. I know this, I did it for 10 years in my HR job in Montreal. Even for people who had PhDs and Master’s degrees in RF Engineering… Short of employing refugees, Canadian immigration has to grant these visas and the application is lengthy, painful and pro-Canadian work force.

    Do you have more data on this. Do they have someone in the Ministry of Immigration in their back pocket allowing them to bypass some approval process? And even if they save (let’s be generous) 60% on salaries and benefits (they’ll have to at least pay minimum wage), is that enough to take this risk? It’s just not adding up for me at all.

    Hopefully the practice will be stopped quickly and the reasons will be found out. In the meantime, I’m very curious about the whole thing and don’t get it. If a large organization takes a huge risk, usually there is a huge payoff. You said in your FB post that you’ve been researching this 2 years. What is your perspective on the benefits other than wage cuts.

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