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Nokia appeases German employees V.J. | , 10:21 a.m. April 10, 2008 2008-04-10


The Finns constructed a new factory in north-western Romania, near the town of Cluj-Napoca, in a very interesting business maneuver. In consequence Bochum factory in Germany will be closed. Due to the discontentment of their German workers and probably to avoid any more media attacks, Nokia has agreed to pay each Bochum worker $129,090.

A total of $292 million has been sent to the Bochum factory in compensation for its closure. With a staff of 2,300 employees, this sum will be split each worker receiving in the region of 80,000 euros. In addition, 15 million euros, some 24 million dollars, will be spent on helping workers to find new jobs.

In January, when closure of Bochum factory was announced, a continuous stream of criticism targeted Nokias’ decision, even more Germany’s Finance Minister urged the Finns to reconsider their resolution. When European media kept smashing a hammer in the business image and employee policy of Nokia, it is by no wonder that the Finns try to leave Bochum with their hands washed.

At first sight this seems a generous action taken by Nokia, but in reality it is a mere business maneuver. The new factory in Jucu, 12 km away from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, will give regular employees an average salary of 200 euros, by far less than workers at Bochum who probably received payment in the region of 2,000 euros.

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