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21 C02_INTRO_INTER_SOCIAL_WORK_9781844451326:CH01 15/6/09 17:28 Page 22 Chapter 2 Global is local is global C A S E S T U DY In February 2004, 23 Chinese cockle pickers lost their lives in Morecambe Bay. Workers from China, who had been recruited as illegal labour and controlled by gang-masters, were transported from Liverpool to the north Lancashire town to pick cockles in the notorious waters of Morecambe Bay. As the tide came in they became completely cut off, and while a few escaped, the majority drowned.

First, the rationale for the so-called outsourcing is to maximise the company’s profits by using cheaper labour. The investment in the 17 C02_INTRO_INTER_SOCIAL_WORK_9781844451326:CH01 15/6/09 17:28 Page 18 Chapter 2 Global is local is global Indian subcontinent is primarily to ensure greater profitability, and not to develop the economy of that region. Second, the actual ‘savings’, although significant in themselves, are small when compared to the overall profits. Third, there will not only be a relocation of the call centres, which will result in job losses in Scotland and other parts of the UK, but also the need for some workers to relocate within the UK.

Unit 20 Manage complex ethical issues, dilemmas and conflicts. Unit 21 Contribute to the promotion of best social work practice. It will also introduce you to the following academic standards set out in the Quality Assurance Agency social work subject benchmark statement. 4. Defining principles. 3 (…) Social work is located within different social welfare contexts. (…) In an international context, distinctive national approaches to social welfare policy, provision and practice have greatly influenced the focus and content of social work degree programmes.

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