Nokia offers voluntary redundancy to employees at Indian factory
Nokia is still caught up in a tax dispute in India, but the company has begun offering a voluntary retirement package to workers at a factory which was seized by a local tax office last year. The plant at Chennai has around 6,600 full-time employees, all of which are eligible for the retirement package. Nokia had originally planned to transfer the plant to Microsoft as part of the deal going ahead, but the situation has been complicated by Indian officials challenging Nokia.
The company said in a statement, "as a responsible employer, Nokia is offering a clear financial option for interested factory employees." The plant has experienced arranged hunger strikes by employees in attempts to draw the attention of Indian government to what's occurring with this tricky situation. Nokia has at least offered some light at the end of the tunnel.
It's a major blow as the Cennai plant was a key manufacturing asset, which has left the company with little choice but to move operations elsewhere.
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By Jez Corden
Every single government is coruppt only the degree of their corruption varies. And its still NOT clear who's faulty.
P.s.congress isn't involved by far, the issue is with the Tamil Nadu government people, its Jayalalitha's fault. Nokia even wrote to her but she didn't reply.
Just explaining.. :smile:
Good on Nokia for doing the right thing again...and poor form from the idiots in the Indian government that think this will somehow help them get re-elected.
This factory catered to the indian market as well, and exporting phones from USA to India isn't a very profitable thing to do i presume...
1. customs claiming that Nokia got duty exemption on their imported software for phone's sold in India, which should have been exported as lee the duty exemption norms. 2. Its with local sales tax department. Don't know the exact issue
direct OEMs. This is the truth