I have written in this post: http://penguinday.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/only-become-less/
I will demonstrate this today with HP. HP is a paying patron of the FSF:
Place three I think. And a good example.
Note: I will quote sometimes from heise.de, because it provided a nice chronology of all the job cuts. Since it’s a German site, I have used google translator for the quotes. It’s not pretty, but it works.
So, let us begin:
“Employees and their families are already showing signs of bitterness. On Thursday morning, after HP announced it would lay off 6,000 workers, the angry spouse of an HP employee sent a fiery e-mail to CNET News.com. She was bitter because her husband–who generously agreed to a 10 percent pay cut to help HP save money–is now in danger of getting a pink slip.”
“The breakthrough came in June 2002 when HP followed through on Fiorina’s fine words with its first collaboration with Red Hat. The two combined engineering resources to certify and deliver Red Hat Linux Advanced Server on the Oracle9i Real Application Clusters environment running on the HP ProLiant DL580 servers. HP was the first to deliver such a certified configuration, its first step to offering integrated Linux-based solutions rather than spot products.”
HP today announced new products, services and programs to help customers simplify and accelerate the adoption of Linux and open source in the data center.
This is a bad translation, with “points”, jobs were meant.
and so on. There were more in 2005.
Open Source is still on the agenda:
“HP Contributes Source Code to Open Source Community to Advance Adoption of Linux”
As are the layoffs:
Since HP began its involvement in FOSS, its layoffs are skyrocketing. The same with IBM, Novell and SUN. As I said: FOSS (the Stallmanite kind) creates a devaluation of the programming work force. It doesn’t even matter if the resulting product is good, it has to be just adequate.
Stallman’s hate against high paid programmers is welcomed with open arms in big tech corporations. FOSS is the biggest control tool that companies like HP have against their employees.
The FSF doesn’t get its donations because the bosses at HP and IBM believe in the church of Emacs.
Companies like Adobe, Microsoft, SAP etc. who didn’t venture that much into Linux didn’t have such skyrocketing layoffs. This is especially true in the years 2001-2006. Many layoffs happened despite the company making profit by the way:
“May 15, 2002
HP also announced that employees will be getting a performance bonus for the first time in 18 months, even though the maker of printers and computers also began its first round of layoffs as part of its plan to cut 15,000 jobs.”
A performance bonus? The carot and the stick, eh? It’s a common pattern – as soon FOSS enters the picture, jobs will get cut, even despite profit, because it’s a long term strategy. And usually bonuses don’t enter the picture too.
That’s why employees of companies like HP should start to pray, once FOSS enters.
IBM is the biggest FSF patron:
that’s a sure sign that the shit will hit the fan:
“How many other workers have lost or will lose their jobs and are denied fair wages because of IBM’s “race to the bottom”? Only IBM knows the answer. It is clear IBM does not value or respect the skill and expertise of US workers.”
A bit more about IBM: IBM backs Open Source for around 10 years:
“In 1999, IBM announced its support for the open source Linux operating system”
this is EXACTLY the same time when IBM began to fight against its own employees:
“for the last 10 years IBM has been hurting workers in the U.S. in order to please Wall St.
Cut your way to profitability.
While profits have been healthy – $77 Billion
since 99 :
- Jobs are shipped to other countries, and we’re forced to train our replacements in order to get severance. 10,000 jobs lost this year, 30,000 since 2004 (even with aquisitions added in)
- Pay raises are puny to none with pay-cuts for others. Bonuses are shrinking – awards for a job well done are a distant memory.
- Pensions have been frozen and stolen. We were sold on 401(k)s but those have tanked. Many can’t afford to retire.
- Appraisal ratings were lowered, affecting pay and bonus.
- Older workers are targeted for firing so they won’t qualify to collect retirement medical (FHA).
- More stress, waking up every day wondering if you still have a job.
Billions in profits – Millions for the executives – as Thousands lose their jobs!
True, the economy is poor so employers have to safeguard their business. But consider this. Since 1999 IBM has spent $80 Billion on stock buybacks to pump up the stock price so executives can become fabulously wealthy. The company could have set-aside some of this money for a rainy day, to keep IBMers employed during this economic crisis rather than firing them. During the Depression, founder TJ Watson retained his employees because he knew he would need their experience and innovation when business picked-up. His gamble paid-off. Today, IBM instead chooses the no-brainer – retain the stock options for executives but get rid of the employees.
Obviously this isn’t a pleasant situation – it’s downright disturbing.”
The hate for the high paid programmer that is expressed in Stallman’s tomes fits exactly into the climate that IBM (and later HP.. others) began to create.
A match made in heaven.