On a visit to the air conditioner and refrigeration Carrier Corp plant in Indianapolis, U.S. President Donald Trump stated that: “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not going to happen,”
The President, who took office on 20th January, did not clearly say what the consequences would be, however, during his election campaign, he often threatened that his administration would put a 35 percent import tariff on goods made by American manufacturers that moved jobs offshore.
The President has also yet to address whether Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, would be subject to any consequences for continuing with plans to move 1,300 other Indiana jobs to Mexico.
Mr. Trump’s campaign’s one of the main issues was keeping jobs in the United States. He frequently targeted Carrier for planning to move production to Mexico as he appealed to blue-collar voters in the Midwest of the country.
This pressure forced Carrier to announce the previous week, that although it had agreed to keep more than 1,000 jobs at the plant and at its headquarters, its plan still was to move more than 1,000 other US jobs to Mexico.
Mr. Trump wishes to create a successful business environment through lower taxes and fewer regulations.
He said, “I just want to let all of the other companies know that we’re going to do great things for business. There’s no reason for them to leave anymore,”
He further declared that penalties would be applied if his above-mentioned approach does not work.
US senator Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nominating race to Hillary Clinton, noted that the Carrier deal was incomplete and would leave the Trump administration open to several threats from companies.
In a Washington Post opinion piece, Mr. Sanders wrote, “Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States,”
“Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.”
He brought an interesting fact to light, that is, Mr. Trump had originally planned to save 2,100 jobs that Carrier planned to move to Mexico.
“Let’s be clear: It is not good enough to save some of these jobs,” Senator Sanders said.
In this race of Democrats and Republicans, the sufferers are the foreign workers employed by the U.S Companies. These workers have displayed concern regarding their future and they are not wrong in doing so. Their jobs are at stake and they would soon need to find a new earning source. Perhaps these workers, who have been working sweat and blood for the U.S companies, should be somehow compensated.
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