- Title: Workers protest planned Nokia job cuts targeting recently-hired
- Date: 8th July 2020
- Summary: VARIOUS OF NOKIA PROTESTERS MARCHING BANNER READING (French): "Hired at a young age, and already firedâ€ VARIOUS OF CFDT SECRETARY GENERAL, LAURENT BERGER, SPEAKING WITH PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) CFDT SECRETARY GENERAL, LAURENT BERGER, SAYING: â€œWe have to make these lay-offs even more difficult and public aid especially must be made conditional... Nokia is one the main recipients of the tax breaks mechanism, but it has chosen to cut jobs in Research and Development, so logically, they have to return the money." VARIOUS OF PROTESTER MARCHING PROTESTERS WITH VIEW OF INVALIDES CGT UNION GENERAL SECRETARY, PHILIPPE MARTINEZ SPEAKING WITH A PROTESTER (SOUNDBITE) (French) CGT UNION GENERAL SECRETARY, PHILIPPE MARTINEZ, SAYING: â€œIt is again, a company which is still symbolising the problem of our industry in France and the lack of state intervention. It is a company that had great added value with the engineers, working in the development field. I was discussing with a young engineer who told me, 'I was hired eight months ago, I was trained and now they will fire me' because they are considering that in India three engineers still be less costly. So there is a real issue. So yes we must say to the government they must stop helping companies if there are no projects, developments, jobs etc following that.â€
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2020 15:50
- Keywords: Nokia protest
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLY6UYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Several hundred Nokia workers protested in Paris on Wednesday (July 8) against plans to cut over 1,200 jobs in its French subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent International.
Nokia has said most of the layoffs would come from research and development (R&D) teams. Unions say this is incomprehensible when Europe is preparing to deploy the next generation mobile network.
Nokia was bound to job retention commitments when it acquired Alcatel Lucent in 2015. They expired in June.
Nokia says it will continue to be a major employer in France with a strong foothold in R&D.
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