We, civil society organisations from India and around the world are highly concerned about the recent spree of retrenching electronics workers in the Sriperumbudur industrial area in Tamil Nadu, India. The trend was set when Nokia India Pvt. Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finish multinational Nokia Corporation, started to lay off workers in April 2014. This had a cascading effect on Nokia’s supplier companies. Now, the jobs of thousands of workers in these factories are at stake. The retrenchment of these workers is taking place against a background of a severe tax dispute between the Indian government and Nokia, as well as the announced relocation of Nokia from India to Vietnam.
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