Nokia: cost cuts mean job cuts

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Nokia: cost cuts mean job cuts

Nokia: cost cuts mean job cuts
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The struggling Finnish company has said it will move production of smartphones to Asia and lay off an additional 4,000 workers at its plants in Finland, Hungary and Mexico. That is eight percent of its phone business workforce

That brings the total number of layoffs announced since Stephen Elop took over as Chief Executive in September 2010 to more than 30,000.

Last month Nokia reported a 73 percent fall in quarterly earnings as it switched operating systems trying to catch up with Apple and Android powered phones.

Nokia said in a statement the job cuts would take place in phases through this year. It has been reviewing the operations since unveiling the closure of its Romania plant last September.

Nokia said it would cut 2,300 jobs in Hungary, where it is a major exporter, some 1,000 in Finland and 700 in Mexico. It will continue to tailor models for specific operators at all sites.

Its Finnish factory in Salo, which was the cornerstone for its success in 1990s, has been the last remaining major phone assembly plant in the Western Europe for some time. Most rivals have moved their production to Asia.

Finnish unions demanded hefty cash payments to laid-off staff and Antti Rinne, chief of union Pro, said the announcement was damaging for Finland’s employment outlook.

“Raising the employment level and prolonging working careers is impossible if there are no jobs in Finland,” Rinne said in a statement.

Nokia’s shares rose and Steve Brazier, chief executive of technology research firm Canalys said “This was inevitable. It was a surprise it took so long for the decision to be made”

He added: “Stephen Elop may be a polarising figure, but he is proving effective at driving the change and he should be credited for that.”