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    The two spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are still employed by Xerox.
    Rochester, N.Y. – Two current Xerox employees say they expect hundreds of software jobs to be moved to global IT firm HCL and then to India, where current workers could be laid off.One source said more than 200 software engineers were summoned two weeks ago for a meeting at the Webster plant. Company leaders reportedly spoke for about an hour and forty five minutes about the prospective partnership with India-based outsourcing firm HCL.Another source said it is expected that as many as 500 current employees would become HCL employees within months.

    In a blog posted by Xerox Corporate, the company discussed recent reports of its relationship with HCL."The particular project we’re exploring with HCL involves a few hundred Xerox people from our global workforce of 134,000, and the plan is for our people to move to HCL so they can become part of a broader engineering community– and that we can benefit from the investments HCL makes with its infrastructure and platforms," said the company.

    HCL declined comment. A Xerox spokesman said that no deal has been completed with HCL and that current employees would not be moved overseas.Xerox is the fourth-largest employer in Rochester, according to the Rochester Business Alliance.In February, the company shed 2,500 workers globally; local numbers were not released

    Xerox plans to transfer 600 jobs to Indian outsourcer
    Affected Xerox employees face choice of taking a job with HCL or face possible pink slips
    Xerox has told about 600 employees that if they don’t agree to transfer to an Indian outsourcer they may face unemployment.In May, Xerox told employees in its product engineering group that it was in outsourcing talks with India-based IT services firm HCL Technologies.According to Xerox, HCL will assume responsibility for certain aspects of Xerox’s mechanical, electrical and software engineering activities. HCL already does some IT outsourcing work for the company.

    The affected employees work in California, New York, Oregon and the Netherlands. In one location, Webster, N.Y., about 250 employees are affected, making it one of the hardest hit divisions.Xerox said that employees who transfer to HCL will remain in their current locations.Since the initial announcement, Xerox has provided the employees with more detail about what’s ahead for them.

    A Xerox spokesman said employees have the option of transferring to HCL or participating a "voluntary leave program." The program was announced June 1, and they will have a minimum of 45 days to decide whether to participate. The company said it expects "a modest" number to leave.A final agreement with HCL has not been reached, Xerox said, but employees see the outsourcing plan as a done deal.

    One Xerox employee told Computerworld that many contract employees at the company will be affected. Meanwhile, affected Xerox workers have been told they can’t apply for other jobs at the company, which has frustrated workers.Xerox CEO Ursula Burns was appointed last year by President Obama as vice chairman of the President’s Export Panel, which is advising the administration on how to increase U.S. exports.HCL reached a similar outsourcing agreement with a North Carolina company, Dex One. The company plans to cut about 30% of its IT staff, but is not disclosing the size of the cut.

    This story has been changed since it was originally posted to correct that Xerox employees at its offices in Webster, N.Y., will be affected, not in Brewster. The story also adds that employees who transfer to HCL will remain at their current locations.

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