Employment news: Illegals in, Qantas out

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Employment news: Illegals in, Qantas out

Twenty one illegal workers have been picked up by immigration officials in the Robinvale district of north-western Victoria and will be removed from Australia. Meanwhile Qantas starts moving 340 IT jobs to India as early as next month.

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Twenty one illegal workers have been picked up by immigration officials in the Robinvale district of north-western Victoria and will be removed from Australia. Meanwhile Qantas starts moving 340 IT jobs to India as early as next month.

21 illegal workers picked up in Vic

Twenty-one illegal workers have been picked up by immigration officials in the Robinvale district of north-western Victoria and will be removed from Australia.

The Minister for Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, said immigration compliance officers had conducted a series of field operations targeting residences in the Robinvale area on 17-18 October.

'There were nine people found who were in the country unlawfully, having overstayed their visas, while the other 12 were working in breach of their visa conditions and have now had their visas cancelled,' Vanstone said. 'One man was a Filipino national and the others were Malaysian nationals. There were 16 men and five women.'

Information from community

She said all had been transferred to immigration detention while arrangements for their removal from Australia are made.

'These people were found thanks to invaluable information from the community,' Vanstone said.

The Minister said employers who had doubts about their employees' entitlement to work should call the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA), which would be happy to answer any questions, or arrange a site visit if necessary.

People with information on illegal workers or visa overstayers should call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

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Qantas IT jobs moving to India next month

Qantas will start moving 340 IT jobs to India as early as next month.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Dixon, said subject to the finalisation of contractual agreements, it would move its IT applications support and maintenance to global service providers Satyam Computer Services Limited and Tata Consulting Services.

Dixon said the move, which followed a 12-month review, would commence from November 2006 and take place over 15 months. He said the Indian contractors are 'achieving a scale and efficiency that airlines like Qantas simply cannot match.

Capital expenditure

Dixon said it would require an investment of $100 million for Qantas to develop its in-house capability in this area to industry best practice standard - an investment it could not support given the extensive capital expenditure program already underway.

'The applications support and maintenance work relates to over 300 applications that use a wide range of computer languages and technologies,' he said. 'Much of this work involves ageing systems.'

Dixon said Satyam and Tata have established operations in Australia, and a third of the positions undertaking Qantas' work would remain onshore.

He said Qantas had a comprehensive security policy in place, including stringent data security controls, which extended to all of its suppliers and would include Satyam and Tata.

Privacy

'Qantas, like almost every airline in the world, already has outsource arrangements for data,' Dixon said. 'We have had a customer data offshore facility in Germany for four years with no breaches of privacy. Similarly, we outsourced our data centre operations to IBM two years ago with no issues.'

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