Nokia headquarters in Finland.
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Nokia workers in China arent happy about Nokias deal with Microsoft or the new contracts they say they had to sign.
Hundreds of Nokia workers went on strike Tuesday, claiming they were forced to sign new contracts with less favorable terms of employment as a result of the companys sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft.
Already, 59 employees have lost their jobs after failing to report to work, an action that has threatened to extend the strike even further, Reuters reported on Friday. Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson said their contracts were terminated after they elected not to return to work.
"They have no grounds for firing us," one worker said. "Weve already chosen this road to walk on, so well stick with it."
Dawson told Reuters that Nokia has met with employees this week "to explain the situation and dispel the many rumors and false statements." But some employees disputed that claim. One worker also complained that no representative came to negotiate with the strikers.
A Nokia spokesman sent CNET the following statement:
We continue our efforts to engage a small group of employees in our Dongguan facility who are demanding a severance package - for jobs they have not lost and which continue to offer the same salary and benefits. The vast majority of employees are at work. Our manufacturing operations in Dongguan continue. We have also adjusted our operations in our other manufacturing facilities.
Workers in China dont necessarily trust their employers, according to Reuters, which feeds fears that labor conditions will get worse after corporate takeovers. On Tuesday, Nokia shareholders voted to approve the deal that will give Microsoft custody of the Finnish companys Devices and Services business. Nokia workers vow to continue strike over Microsoft deal