Microsoft workers in China are protesting against job layoffs at Nokia and have taken to the streets to complain about a ‘hostile takeover’.
News agency Reuters reports that hundreds of workers protested this weekend, and shared their concerns and demands through local social networking sites.
V3 has asked Microsoft to comment on the reports and the layoffs that are resulting from its acquisition of the Nokia phones business. It has not yet responded.
“The first step to building the right organisation for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year,” said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella in an email to internal staffers.
“Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.”
Nadella said that the process would be transparent, and that it would be announcing where and when cuts would be made within the next six months. Jobs cuts and associated costs are expected to lead to pre-tax charges of $1.1bn to $1.6bn over the year.
A protesting spokesperson told the news agency that workers campaigned for hours and shouted until their throats were sore. Workers were expected to meet with officials from the firm on Friday evening.