CALGARY – Marle Roberts, President of the Alberta Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Alberta) is calling on ENMAX, a publicly owned utility, to reverse its decision to outsource 38 jobs to India.
“There is no reason for a company owned by Calgary taxpayers to send jobs and salaries to India,” said Roberts. “Studies show that public sector jobs kept in house provide more value at a cheaper cost over and over again.”
Roberts said ENMAX’s rational for the move that consumers will still speak with Calgarians for customer service makes little difference.
“These jobs are a huge loss to our community,” said Roberts. “The salaries will not be spent in our stores, and the work will not be performed by our citizens. It doesn’t matter much which jobs are actually being lost.”
Roberts also pointed out with the recent news that Calgary contractors are using Temporary Foreign Workers to do park clean up, Calgary is getting a reputation as a city looking for low wage workers.