HELSINKI/PARIS: Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is making plans to cut thousands of jobs internationally, involving 1,400 in the state of Germany and 1,300 in its native Finland, as part of a cost-cutting programme following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent initially this year.
In the country of France, Nokia said on the day of Wednesday it will cut merely 400 jobs, but will also make 500 posts in the field of research and development, in line with a promise to the French government previous year when it was discussing the Alcatel deal.
“The pledges made by the known company Nokia when it bought Alcatel-Lucent have been kept,” stated Frédéric Aussedat, a representative of the CFE-CGC union in the country of France.
Nokia refused to offer a total figure for international job cuts.
The industry employs about 6,850 persons in the state of Finland, 4,800 in the state of Germany, 4,200 in the state of France and almost 104,000 all around the world.
“This (1,300) is a very horrible figure, we have rather tough employment situation in the sector to begin with,” Pertti Porokari, chairman of the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland, claimed.