Nokia employees in China protest Microsoft layoffs, report says
Hundreds of Nokia employees in China reportedly rally against the software giant's "hostile takeover and violent layoffs."
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Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia handset business aren't pleased with the software giant's recently announced decision to lay off a large chunk of staff.
"Hundreds" of employees at a Nokia facility in China on Friday protested their new owner, saying Microsoft is guilty of a "hostile takeover and violent layoffs," Reuters reported on Friday. Protesters at the Beijing research center and factory held banners and shouted slogans against Microsoft for 5 hours until they had "sore throats," an unnamed employee at the demonstration told Reuters.
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Microsoft has not said exactly how the cuts will impact Nokia employees in China, but it's clear from the protests on Friday that Chinese employees believe their jobs are on the chopping block. The unnamed employee told Reuters that protesters plan to file a formal complaint with Microsoft later on Friday.
The protests are just the latest hurdle Microsoft in a string of problems in China. Earlier this week, the company's offices in China were raided by regulators during an investigation into alleged antitrust issues. Microsoft has complied with the government's requests but stayed relatively tight-lipped on the matter, waiting to see what will happen next.