Dozens Of Guards At Nokia’s Plant In Romania Stage Protest Over Job Uncertainty

Dozens of guards at Nokia’s plant in Jucu, western Romania, went on a spontaneous protest Tuesday morning over the decision of the Finnish mobile company to close its local business by the end of the year.

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Dozens Of Guards At Nokia’s Plant In Romania Stage Protest Over Job Uncertainty

Nokia Metal union leader Valentin Ilcas told MEDIAFAX the guards are not Nokia's direct employees. They were hired for a definite period of time by two recruitment firms, which signed a contract with the mobile company.

While Nokia's direct employees were told they would receive salaries until the end of March 2012, the situation of the plant's security guards is uncertain, said Ilcas.

Nokia said in a press release last week it plans to close its manufacturing facility in Jucu by the end of 2011, citing the need to cut costs and bring efficiency to the business. The company said employees will continue to receive wages until the end of March 2012.

On Monday, Nokia representatives and unionists started negotiations on severance package for the 2,200 employees who will be made redundant.

Nokia started mobile phone production at the Jucu plant in February 2008, following an investment of EUR60 million.

Earlier this year, the company said it was shutting down its Research and Development Center in Cluj, shedding about 120 employees. Nokia said at that time its plans to align its global workforce and consolidate site operations target to reduce its Devices & Services non-IFRS operating expenses by EUR1 billion in 2013, compared to 2010.

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