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  •  ACSA (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    Action by the Indian government appears to have already closed the American Community Support Club (presumably the A in the web identity is "Association") at least to outsiders as they had advertised their services to non-embassy employees but still offered them the sales and alcohol tax breaks that diplomats only were entitled to. The web site appears to have been taken down at the end of December (after the government's deadline to close the club) but a google cacheshowed them advertizing:

    ACSA is a support organization for the welfare of the employees of the US government and their families, along with other American citizens living in India. At ACSA, we aim to create a "home away from home" for all our members, so that they keep experiencing their familiar America even as they stay in India. With a turnover of over $5 million per annum, we are one of the largest support organizations in the world.
    No doubt an awful lot of those who could afford the $1200 annual fees will also be employing Indian maids in their Indian properties. Are these paid at New York rates? You could also observe that "their familiar America" for most would not include any maids or servants so they should be doing their own housework, cooking and gardening among other things. Motes and beams!

    On the teachers, the fact the establishment has "Embassy" in the title does not give it any diplomatic status. Again, if this were the USA where a couple were teaching at a school but only one had a US visa to do so, how long would they stay in the country (after a stay in prison most likely)? A few administrators (also not entitled to diplomatic status!) should definitely be hauled off on charges of conspiracy (a hang over from the British laws which I do not believe has been amended since independence so the max. is life in prison).  

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:30:57 PM PST

    •  Why would maids in India be paid NY rates? (3+ / 0-)

      No law requires it. The employment of the maids would have to conform with the local and national laws of India.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:07:13 PM PST

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      •  What the US pays - this is from 2009 (2+ / 0-)
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        I hope Hilary Clinton fixed the problem. You can read the CNN news-item here:
        http://edition.cnn.com/...

        or you can read the report from the US Department of State Office of the Inspector General, "Review of Locally Employed Staff Compensation Issues, here:

        http://oig.state.gov/...

        This is a quote from the report above:

        Aside from inflation, 38 percent of the management officers and 64 percent of the LE {locally employed} staff representatives responded that the local compensation plan  {LCP} was not suf­ficient to meet basic living expenses for lower grade employees. Some of the com­ments for these responses only noted that the LCP did not provide various allowanc­es, or that the allowances were far short of reality. However, 27 missions presented compelling arguments that their lower grade employees fall short of minimal living standards. These arguments included accounts of LE staff:

            • removing children from school
            • cutting back to one meal a day
            • sending children to sell water or little cakes or toiletries on the streets
            • foregoing prescription medication because they cannot afford the co-pay
            • resigning to move back to their hometown because they cannot afford to live in the post city
            • sending their families back to their home country because they cannot afford to live in the host country
            • the cost of rice for an average family equating to half the monthly wages of over 60 percent of the staff
            • employees depending on salary advances and defaulting on loans in order to cover basic expenses
            • grades 1 to 3 earning less than $1.00 per day
            • employees paying at least $250 a month for a single room apartment with a salary of $250 to $400 a month
            • up to 50 percent of salary being spent on groceries, and 40 percent on utilities
            • salaries falling short of official poverty levels

        Should the entire State Department be arrested and strip-searched????????

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