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Nokia supplier Foxconn still bent on ‘shutting’ TN unit

The talks between the management and its Labour Unions held in the presence of Labour Department officials were inconclusive, Foxconn India Employee Union President E Muthu Kumar said. About 2,500 employees are apprehensive about the company’s decision to suspend operations, fearing job losses. “We have been maintaining our stand. Even if they close the plant, the management has to give jobs to us considering our future”, he said. Asked about further course of
action, Kumar said the next round of talks would be held by next week.

“The company had said it will suspend production from December 24, but they have advanced it to December 22. We have told them clearly that we will come to the factory as usual and even on December 22”, he said.

“On Wednesday, our Honorary President (and sitting MLA), A Sounderrajan had called on Labour Minister and Industries department Secretary. He has insisted that the plant should not be suspended at any cost”, he said.

In a statement, Taiwan-based Foxconn had said, “We can confirm that our India operation, FIH India Pvt Ltd, will be suspending all operations at our manufacturing facility in Chennai effective December 24, 2014.” About 70 per cent of parts manufactured from the facility were served to telecom major Nokia which suspended operations at its Sriperumbudur unit from November one, 2014.

On the future of employees who have been working at the factory since production commenced in 2006, Foxconn said it was working with the Government and relevant labour Unions to ensure that the proposal to suspend operations follows all relevant laws and regulations and is fair.
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