Finland -Unions fight cuts at Nokia Siemens -February 9, 2012

The Finnish-German telecom equipment maker, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), said on 7 February a previously announced global restructuring plan would entail 2,900 job cuts in Germany and 1,200 in Finland. The German IG Metall union and NSN works council have organised constant protests against the announced cuts. On 1 February, protests started in Munich with about 2,000 participants attracting significant media attention. The Finnish unions will start a round of negotiations inside the company between the management and shop stewards from the trade unions inside NSN which include Finnish Metalworkers' Union, Trade Union Pro, Union of Professional Engineers in Finland (UIL) and Tekniikan Akateemisten Liitto (TEK), signatories of the collective agreement with the company. Secondly, they will start tripartite negotiations between the management, involved unions and the Ministry of Employment and Economy on alternative jobs. Separate from the NSN announcement, Nokia announced to cut 2,300 jobs at a Hungarian plant (See message under heading Hungary).



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