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Nokia starts measures to align workforce and site operations with new strategy

The Start screen of Windows Phone 7

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Espoo, Finland – To deliver on its new strategy, Nokia today announced plans to align its global workforce and consolidate site operations. These measures are part of Nokia’s target to reduce its Devices & Services non-IFRS operating expenses by 1 billion euros for the full year 2013 in comparison to the full year 2010, as announced last week.

Earlier today, Nokia announced plans to form a strategic collaboration with Accenture that would result in the transfer of Nokia’s Symbian software activites, including about 3,000 employees to Accenture. In addition, Nokia also plans to reduce its global workforce by about 4,000 employees by the end of 2012, with the majority of reductions in Denmark, Finland and the UK. In accordance with country-by-country legal requirements, discussions with employee representatives started today.

Nokia also plans to consolidate the company’s research and product development sites so that each site has a clear role and mission. Nokia expects the expansion of some sites and the contraction or closure of others.

All employees affected by the reduction plans can stay on the Nokia payroll through the end of 2011. Nokia expects personnel reductions to occur in phases until the end of 2012, linked to the roll-out of Nokia’s planned product and services portfolio. During this period, Nokia intends to ramp up its capacity for the development of Nokia smartphones based on the Windows Phone platform, the company’s broad range of mobile phones and its services portfolio.

“At Nokia, we have new clarity around our path forward, which is focused on our leadership across smart devices, mobile phones and future disruptions,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia president and CEO. “However, with this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce. This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programs for the talented people of Nokia.”

Nokia is launching a comprehensive social responsibility program for employees and the communities likely to be affected by the personnel reductions. The program will be led locally, with local partners and stakeholders, and senior management support.

“We are offering those who are losing their jobs a range of options, from individual re-employment support and re-training to making investments to promote innovation and working with a variety of partners to create new opportunities,” Elop continued.

Original Text by NOKIA Company

Released on 27 April 2011
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Two-day stike end with agreement on half of the 24 demands

Yesterday morning, I got up early after I had recieved a phone call from my friend who informed me that there would be a protest outside the Vattanac Capital tower on Monivong Boulevard that morning. “Oh, Shit! Why this news start up my day? Nothing better than this?,” I asked myself while my hands were pushing two notebooks, one card book, my camera, recorder, and some more accessories into my backpack.

At around 7:20am, I arrived at the spot and saw hundreds of workers walking outside the workplace gate as they were striking for better pay and work conditions. I asked a worker who walked pass me, and he told me that he joint this protest because he could not stand anymore with a daily wage of $3.50 wage and $0.75 extra if they work overtime.

I haven’t count the number of protesters, but the report from some famous local newspapers said there were more than 700 protesters joint this two-day strike.

The latest news I got this morning said both sides (the company side and the worker side) agreed to the 12 points, which are priorities for our construction workers, among 24 demands submitted by workers after two hours of negotiations yesterday.

The 38-story Vattanac Capital tower was started construting in 2009 and set to be completed in 2012. It will house the head office of Vattanac Bank, a business centre and Vattanac Capital.

I have seen lots of protest, but this is the second time that I saw construction workers dare to express thier worries, angers, and demands through the strikes.

How many more strikes will be happened in the Kingdom in the future? And what kind of solutions will be used to solve the problems?


Below are some photos I shot during the second day protest and I decided to post it for my dear visitors to see clearly the situation at that time.


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by: Dara Saoyuth