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Honeywell may shift jobs to India

December 09, 2004 17:32 IST

The US-based Honeywell International Inc, a diversified technology and manufacturing company, is planning to move 5,000 aerospace division jobs to lower cost countries, including India, over the next five years, a Seattle-based labour union opposed to offshoring has claimed.

However, the company said the claim was "inaccurate" but added that it was important for it to hire personnel in various parts of the world to remain in competition.

The labour union, Washington Alliance of Technology Worker (Washtech), on its website published documents which it said came from Honeywell, a $25 billion company with products ranging from aircraft radar systems to portable fans for homes.

One of the documents, titled 'Strategies In-Place to enable 5-Year Plan' outlines key Honeywell priorities, including establishing avionics manufacturing in Brno, Czech Republic, outsourcing selected manufacturing, and 'Increase use of Bangalore/Brno/Mexico technical capabilities for all businesses.'

"The jobs that Honeywell is exporting are not low-level jobs," Marcus Courtney, president of the alliance said in a statement. "Its corporate practices are not only threatening the job security of US workers, it is putting America's competitive advantage at risk."
Meenakshi Ganjoo in Silicon Valley
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