Did Pfizer Force Its Staff to Train Their H-1B Replacements?
Pfizer finds itself at the forefront of the debate over outsourcing and the H-1B visa program for foreign technology workers after workers in Connecticut raise the claim they have been forced to train their H-1B replacements, who will return to India to run Pfizer's IT infrastructure. The criticism stems from an outsourcing deal Pfizer signed three years ago with Indian outsourcers Infosys Technologies and Satyam Computer Services.Pfizer is taking flak for what detractors charge is a plan to use U.S. workers to train the foreign contractors who will replace them during a years-long outsourcing project. Contractors in the company's Groton and New London, Conn., research and development facilities-many of whom are either former full-time staffers or replaced Connecticut-based staff-are complaining that foreign workers on H-1B visas are coming in to be trained on the company's systems, according to a report in The (New London, Conn.) Day, a local newspaper.
Those temporary workers are scheduled to return to India, where they will run the same systems as part of an outsourcing deal Pfizer signed three years ago with Infosys Technologies and Satyam Computer Services.