Nokia India workers to seek legal recourse to safeguard jobs

Workers are concerned about the fast approaching March 31 deadline of Nokia-Microsoft deal.

Left in the lurch in the legal wrangle in connection with the Nokia-Microsoft merger deal and concerned over the fast approaching March 31 deadline, the Nokia India workers’ union has decided to seek legal recourse to safeguard jobs.

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With no clear response from the Nokia India management forthcoming despite attempts to get clarifications on the recent Supreme Court judgment as well as on guarantee of their jobs, the union also decided to move the Tamil Nadu labour department.

“The workers union, Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam, is holding parleys with legal luminaries as well as the people concerned on this issue about how to quickly resolve the problem, particularly the fate of their jobs. With no response from the Nokia India management and the approaching deadline on the merger, the union can no longer wait,” M Saravanakumar, president of the union, told FE.

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Questioning Nokia India’s decision to transfer its sales division, Nokia India Sales Private, to Microsoft, leaving the plant and its workers in lurch, he said: “The agreement between Nokia and Microsoft includes transferring all assets and operations in India. However, Nokia India hived off the sales division into a separate company from Nokia India Private in January 2013 to make it easy to transfer the entity to Microsoft. It is believed the management did it intentionally to put us in trouble.?

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First published on: 22-03-2014 at 11:14 IST