Um I don’t remember John Key making these comments when Telstra Clear decided to send 48 jobs from Kapiti to a Philippine Call Centre! And now another 70 jobs from the Auckland call centre are under threat.
Or when there was talk about Telecom outsourcing and offshoring several thousand jobs (NB Telecom has since advised me those plans are “on hold” for now). Steven Joyce is on record as sayign the government has no responsibility for decisions made by a private company on outsourcing.
What’s changed? John Key is reading the political wind. Well I’m glad he’s sticking up for Kiwi jobs. Maybe he could announce support for the Kiwi Jobs Bill which aims to put in place a procurement policy to maximise opportunities for local businesses when tendering for large government projects.
Prime Minister John Key says companies choosing to send their call centres to other parts of the world “are making the wrong choice”.
He wants other New Zealand companies to take note of Canon’s new call centre on the Shore.
Mr Key told the North Shore Times it is a positive move to open call centres in New Zealand because it creates employment for people of different age groups and ethnicities.