Nokia India employees announce one-day hunger strike for March 31, 2014

Nokia India employees announce one-day hunger strike for March 31, 2014

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The prospective deal between Nokia and Microsoft has put a question mark over the jobs of current Nokia employees. The company’s employees in Chennai, India, will go on a one-day strike in the upcoming week. The strike will be organized as Nokia India employees are seeking job security in the Nokia-Microsoft deal.

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The Honorary President of the Nokia India Employees Union, A Soundararajan said on March 27, 2014 that they will be staging a hunger strike on March 31, 2014 in Chennai and the Union has also decided to step up their protest following the Lok Sabha elections. Soundararajan added, “The Central and the State Governments should come forward and ensure that the due to the transfer of assets of Nokia to Microsoft (as per the USD 7.2billion deal), there should not be any job losses. We have decided to stage a one-day hunger fast on March 31 in this regard”.

He went on to say that the Union representatives have been planning to meet senior government officials from the Labour and Industries department. When it comes to production, the plant was operating at three shifts and produced 13 million handsets in a month. However, since January 2014, the three shifts have been cut to two and the overall production was decreased.

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