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Nokia India employees at Sriperumbudur to stage one day hunger stike


March 29, 2014 - Chennai

  • A section of employees of Nokia's plant at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu are gearing up to stage a one day hunger strike on March 31.
  • The employees of the Finnish handset maker are seeking job security in the wake of the recent deal between Nokia and Microsoft.
  • Honorary President of Nokia India Employees Union A Soundararajan said that they will intensify the protests after the Lok Sabha elections next month.
  • The Employees Union want Central and State Governments to come forward to ensure no job losses for Nokia India employees post the transfer of assets of Nokia to Microsoft.
  • The Tamil Nadu government has recently slapped a Rs 2400 crore commercial tax demand on Nokia India Private Limited.
  • The State government justified the tax demand saying that Nokia India did nor furnish documents to establish exports. Handsets manufactured in India but not exported would entail 4% VAT.
  • The case was heard by Justice B Rajendran who adjourned it to April 1.

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