Chennai : A day after Nokia announced its decision to suspend operations at its facility in Sriperumbudur near here, the employees’ Union is looking at “legal options”.

According to Nokia India Employees Union, there are about 900 employees still working at the factory. Following the Nokia-Microsoft USD 7.2 billion deal, the voluntary retirement scheme was offered for employees and 5,700 of them opted for it, from the total of 6,600.

On Tuesday, Nokia announced that it would suspend handset manufacturing at the Chennai plant from November, due to the termination of services agreement with Microsoft.

Responding to the company’s decision, Nokia India Thozhilalargal Sangam (Nokia India Employees Union), Honorary President and sitting MLA A Soundararajan said: “This is illegal. They have indirectly told us to leave the organisation. We are asking them to take care of our future. Some of the employees are working here for several years.” Nokia India Employees Union is a registered trade body and is backed by CITU.

Asked about further course of action, he said, “We will pursue legal options. We are also planning to meet the Labour Department,” he told PTI.

Another Union official flayed the management for not giving any clear picture on the future of the employees. “They (Management) have clearly informed that the plant will suspend operations. But they did not inform about the future of the employees who are currently working there…”, Nokia India Employees Union Advisor, M UdhayaKumar said.

Meanwhile, the Centre said it will look into the issue and make efforts to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.  “We will certainly see how best (such) matter don’t occur again and we will encourage ‘Make In India’ campaign,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here.

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