Re: OTAM want to replace Mauritians with cheap labour !

From: Loganaden Velvindron <>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:16:45 +0000

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 4:24 PM, Ish Sookun <> wrote:
> Hi Logan, SM,
>> At 06:20 AM 8/8/2015, Loganaden Velvindron wrote:
>>> Now, what OTAM is suggesting is the following: remove the 30k minimum
>>> salary, and let employers do as they please. In other words, if they
>>> can get a Linux system administrator who will come to work for 6k, or
>>> a web designer who will work for 4k/month, they want to make it
>>> legally possible !
> Nope. That would not be a solution. If the Government who already
> gives the companies enough incentives, still happens to abide to their
> tantrums, then Mauritian employees need to do only one thing: *stay at
> home and ask for a non-employment pension*
> On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 8:40 PM, S Moonesamy <> wrote:
>> The view of Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius
>> (OTAM) and the Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC) is that "We
>> lack manpower to push forward the ICT/BPO sector". OTAM suggested that
>> "Eliminating barriers and attracting foreign workers is certainly the way
>> forward for the ICT/BPO sector. Take, for example, the textile sector".
>> Will software developers and system administrators in Mauritius be offered a
>> decent monthly salary when it will be possible to pay a foreign worker Rs
>> 6,000 a month?
> The comment about manpower is hilarious. How many member companies in
> OTAM actually provide an industry-graded training to employees? In
> most of those companies there is this magic word "auto-formation"
> (French), and when someone acquires much of the skills on his/her own
> it's not surprising that the person gets better opportunities
> elsewhere.
For the sake of argument, Jochen clarified his position on my blog.
I'm reproducing his comment:

Hi Logan, thanks for writing your opinion in those matters. Let me
shed a bit of light on your paragraphs. Claim #1 - the interview I had
was completely independent of anything. I got a couple of Qs which I
answered and it was without any information about other interviewees.
So, therefore, don't ask MSCC to oppose to something that isn't know.
Furthermore, I don't like the free hiring request by OTAM for same
reasons and we saw what happened to the textile industry... Claim #2:
You should speak to some students and yes there are quite some of them
that are kind of disappointed by the current requirements. And
speaking to other companies that take freshmen they put them first on
a 3-months trainee program before actually hiring them as employees. I
think that speaks for itself. Again, any statement of OTAM was not
disclosed during the interview... Also, I agree there are surely
exceptions like you, like some of the Microsoft Student Partners but
does this reflect the whole of students graduating. Claim #3:
Actually, yes the problem is negotiation by the employee. Instead of
asking their current employer re. proper appraisal most prefer to
simply hop jobs every year. I stopped counting CVs. Hopefully, you
also read my article on regarding freelancing in Mauritius. If
not, please have a look and eventually it helps to understand my
opinion. And last but not least... Those statements refer to personal
opinions of Mr. Jochen Kirst├Ątter not are not the MSCC. As it is
written in the article. But just in case that you want to blow up my
personal opinions about the ICT market in Mauritius into a big farce,
feel free to go ahead. Therefore, your blog article is nice to read
but unfortunately full of wrong assumptions. Apart from that feel free
to have a chat with me. PS: At least, the local ICT sector seems to
wake up lastly and is about to move forward... Which is very good.
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