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Nokia has decided to allow an unspecified number of employees at its massive Chennai plant take voluntary retirement (VRS), as it battles local tax authorities and an April 30 deadline for transferring the factory to Microsoft. The Finnish handset maker issued the following statement on Friday, seen by PTI: As a global …


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  1. Notas Badoff


    "... around 2,000 staff went on a one-day hunger strike two weeks ago to demand greater job security."

    Can someone explain this to me? Is this a strike without snacks? Or work without breakfast? It just sounds so much like "You're so mean to us we're not going to use the letter 'K'!" How does that wor'?"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Huh?

      Hunger strike - no Special K

    2. Psyx

      Re: Huh?

      They were fasting, but only between meals.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hopefully senior managers in companies are finally starting to understand what their staff have long been telling them: that off-shoring and outsourcing might look attractive to the short term bottom line, but after 6 months or so they sure as hell cost a lot more than keeping your expertise and best people in house and near.

    1. Psyx

      It was never supposed to really reduce costs.

      Like many things that publicly floated companies do, it increased share-price, which contributes to the value of the company, as opposed to doing things effectively which makes a public company more efficient but no more valuable.

      It's a trap that many publicly listed companies fall into. Their share value is about perception and being seen to be doing the 'next big thing'. Many of these same companies ploughed millions into failed e-comm projects first time around and never realised much real gain from them in terms of bottom line... but who needs to when it secures a 10% share value hike?

      Off-shoring has been wildly successful in terms of doing what the Board wants it to do. It's just that 'being effective' is not part of the requirements.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What are the terms - 3 weeks pay for each year employed? Early pension etc?

    Compared to Finnish salaries, paying decent redundancy in India will be inexpensive.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Terms

      Yes, but it would only be for 600 Finns :P

  4. G2

    launch affecting 6000+ people...

    quote: we have launched a voluntary package (VRS) at our Chennai, India facility.


    was it launched from a low earth orbit, a high geostationary orbit or from Nokia's HQ in Finland using a phone-shaped ICBM?


    (inter-continental snark delivery system)

  5. SisterClamp

    6,000 is a lot from one country...

    ...but, tbh, I couldn't give a damn. Not after seeing how the industry was decimated, and wages driven down, by Brainless Talking Heads constantly touting the benefits of offshoring all those years ago. So how does it feel, Chennai? (As an aside, IBM India only gave their staff 2 hours notice to vacate the premises.) There's more where that came from. Pass it along while I get my popcorn, pull up a pew and settle in....

  6. DropBear Silver badge

    So let me get this straight...

    ...western labourers are being replaced by cheap workforce in developing countries not only for hiring but as of lately firing purposes too...? This would be actually quite funny if it wouldn't be so sad...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They should outsource to the UK, we've loads of skilled IT workers looking for work, because, you know, outsourcing.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "loads of skilled IT workers looking for work"

      Only if they have dated skills like Midrange / UNIX support. Most other market segments are going quite well atm - especially the contractor market.

  8. Arachnoid

    one-day hunger strike

    They missed their one hour lunch break so production went up 10% that day

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing ever happens

    Wonder how long it'll be before the factory that went from Germany -> Romania -> China will close then?

  10. Greencat

    Retirement... they mean like Bladerunner?

  11. PeterM42

    What a shame!

    A minor balance for all the UK IT staff forced out of work by Indian staff taking British jobs.

  12. Tex Arcana

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA... Welcome to post-outsourced America!!

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