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FINLAND: Nokia Criticized For Unfair Treatment of Employees

by Juhani ArttoOneWorld.net
January 18th, 2005

Helsinki   The investigative programme MOT, of the Finnish TV1, offered on Monday night January 17th a rare angle on Nokia, the undeniable flagship of the Finnish industry.

The nine interviewees did not boast Nokia, as has many years been the common practise in the Finnish media, but blamed the company for treating its salaried employees and their shopstewards improperly and unfairly.

The half an hour programme "Nokia's Law," made by a well-known journalist Kati Juurus, consisted of interviews with five shopstewards, a high ranking trade union lawyer and three former employees that had lost their jobs at Nokia for questionable reasons.

In early January Nokia was asked for an interview for the programme, but the enterprise did not give any, referring to their tight schedule.

Almost half of Nokia's personnel works in Finland. According to the latest figures Nokia has about 23,000 employees in Finland. A clear majority of them are salaried employees.

As the world's leading mobile telephone enterprise many kind of people are interested in Nokia: consumers, investors, its competitors and subcontractors, governments etc.

From the trade union angle Nokia has been a positive employer, not only in Finland but also, for example, in Brazil. This is also emphasised by a few of the interviewees in "Nokia's Law."

Why then does Nokia now risk its image as a positive employer? The interviewees have a great deal to say about that. Their statements and the whole manuscript of "Nokia's Law" can be read in English below.

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