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HOW INTEL THREATENS THE FUTURE OF YOUR CHILDREN 

    

“Where is there a greater sweatshop than Intel itself?”

May 31, 2002

Otellini: “We expect a gradual reduction in the overall workforce in mature markets over the next several years.  

"Your future is threatened and so is the future of your children - why? Because leaders of major American corporations are pursuing dangerous globalization strategies that will send your jobs and your children’s jobs outside of this country, in order to boost Corporate profits and satisfy stockholder’s share earning expectations. And these Corporations pursue the policy of Globalization not out of sympathy for the poor and downtrodden of India, China, Russia and Vietnam, but to exploit their cheap labor. We ask the question: where is there a greater sweatshop than Intel itself? 

The evil of Corporate greed is only surpassed by the idiocy of sending our technologies, our support models and our manufacturing methods to unstable third world countries that may one day challenge the US as the world’s only superpower ­ is management so blinkered that they cannot see the perilous crossing ahead? 

This article is about drawing a line in the sand with American jobs, and so long as US corporations import cheap labor they will cheapen the US workforce and they will mercilessly exploit foreign workers whether or not their labor is needed.  

This article is not intended to be critical of foreign workers, FACE Intel is pointing out how their labor is exploited, and for every American job lost there is corresponding exploitation of a foreign worker."

India

On August 30th of 2002, Craig Barrett, CEO of the Intel Corporation made the following statements:

“We urge India to extend its software leadership into new areas of innovation, including circuit design, hardware creation, high-tech manufacturing and the delivery of information technology services,” he said. “Adopting a strategy of balanced technology innovation is key to India’s long-term economic growth.”

Barrett said that 86 percent of India’s top 100 companies have Internet and e-Commerce services as an integral part of their strategic framework for the coming year, and that by 2005, more than 50 million Indians will be connected to the Internet, up from10 million today.

“The build-out of the Internet goes on and the pace of technology is not slowing,” Barrett said, adding that in the digital future, people will access the Internet anytime and anyplace with devices that offer both computing and communications capabilities.

Russia

October 4th, 2002: Intel CEO Craig Barrett has announced that Intel will increase its investment in Russia over the next several years as part of the company's strategy to grow its capabilities in emerging markets. Russia joins China and India as three primary areas for Intel's expanded efforts in the development of new technology and products aimed at market segments with significant growth potential.

"With its fast-growing technology market and abundance of technical talent, Russia has the potential to become a leader in the global technology industry," Barrett said. "The worldwide information technology build-out represents a significant opportunity for Russia to create new jobs and products, and produce more exports."

Barrett added that "Russia's leaders should foster technology growth by enacting policies that will catalyze businesses to invest in the country's future

China

Ottelini: “We recently announced the expansion of our plant in Shanghai. The new facility there will assemble and test our newest generations of Pentium 4 processors. This is a perfect example of what we are doing. China made the transition to the Pentium 4 processor faster than any other country and we expect it will continue to be a rapidly growing market for our products. It makes sense to make investments there in facilities and jobs.

Vietnam

On September 4th 2002, Barrett told Vietnam’s leaders to focus on deploying digital infrastructure, connecting to the Internet and educating tomorrow’s technology innovators to compete in the world’s digital economy. Vietnam’s economic success and development will rely on building a strong digital infrastructure and accelerating the use of information technology.”

In addition Intel continues to expand it’s operations in third world countries like Russia - China – Israel and Malaysia: dangerous and unstable countries that not only take US jobs with their cheap labor, they also steal our technology and they threaten your future by lowering your standard of living with every job that is relocated to those countries.

Israel

Ottellini: “In Israel, we have acquisitions in our networking and communications businesses, and we’re growing the Israel Design Center in Haifa. We have a long existing and successful strategy of investing where it makes sense from a market, resources and cost standpoint. That won’t change.”

How was this Dangerous Precedent of Globalization Set?

According to the IMF globalization started with the Industrial Revolution in first world countries one hundred years ago, but as far as the computer industry is concerned globalization probably started in the late 1950’s when International Business Machines decided to have computer power supplies and other component modules manufactured in Taiwan.  Manufacturing power supplies in Taiwan was profitable and successful and the technology was not particularly sensitive, so this model became the springboard from which all models of the advanced stage of globalization is derived.  

Statement on Globalization from the IMF:

“The succession of crises in the 1990s—Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, and Brazil—suggested to some that financial crises are a direct and inevitable result of globalization. Indeed one question that arises in both advanced and emerging market economies is whether globalization makes economic management more difficult.

In the short-term, as we have seen in the past few years, volatile short-term capital flows can threaten macroeconomic stability. Thus in a world of integrated financial markets, countries will find it increasingly risky to follow policies that do not promote financial stability. This discipline also applies to the private sector, which will find it more difficult to implement wage increases and price markups that would make the country concerned become uncompetitive.

But there is another kind of risk. Sometimes investors—particularly short-term investors—take too sanguine a view of a country’s prospects and capital inflows may continue even when economic policies have become too relaxed. This exposes the country to the risk that when perceptions change, there may be a sudden brutal withdrawal of capital from the country.

At the national level, even though several of the countries had impressive records of economic performance, they were not fully prepared to withstand the potential shocks that could come through the international markets. Macroeconomic stability, financial soundness, open economies, transparency, and good governance are all essential for countries participating in the global markets. Each of the countries came up short in one or more respects.”

So Even the IMF Concedes that Globalization does not Work!

In today’s world economy the markets are so fluid and dynamic that even the greatest economic genius of a CEO should not make the kind of statements that Barrett is making.  Barrett’s desire to lead Intel down this path is an insidious misuse or privilege and power based upon faulty and misguided thinking for these reasons:

1)      The Intel product was invented, designed and produced first in the US market specifically for the US market and to benefit the US market; if a product cannot be supported by demand in the huge US market then the product does not deserve to be supported at all, full stop.

2)      Intel is taking your US jobs related to the product designed developed and built in the US and exporting the same jobs to China, Russia, Vietnam, India, Croatia and Israel.

3)      Exporting technologies and manufacturing methods to dangerous and unstable third world countries outside of the US sets a dangerous precedent as these countries may make use of those technologies and leverage them against us - either economically or militarily – and the overall concept is insane and disgraceful.

So Barrett speaks publicly for the Intel Corporation of these globalization policies and the workforce reads of these public statements, and then does what? Sits idly by? We recommend that every concerned worker communicate not just to management, but also to their local political representation that US workers will not tolerate such an insidious globalization policy. 

Give Intel what it wants, and take away what it does not need!

We therefore suggest the following: if Intel wants “emerging markets” then let Intel have emerging markets, while we, the US consumers, deny Intel the US market. FaceIntel asks that all US consumers boycott all Intel products with immediate effect in favor of their competitor’s product.

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