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NSN Indian strike drags on

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Infrastructure vendor NSN is locked in a dispute with staff at its factory in Chennai, India. Staff at the plant have been on strike since 7 June 2013, according to local reports.

The NSN India Workers’ Union claims that just over 200 staff are on strike, although the vendor said that the number was closer to 70, according to local newspaper the Hindu Business Line.

The strike stems from issues regarding wage negotiations and recognition of the union. According to the Business Line report, production is said to have not been affected.

An NSN spokesperson told Telecoms.com that the vendor is working with employee representatives in its Chennai factory to resolve the issue.

“We are hopeful that given the long history of association with our employees and our inclusive working environment where everyone feels valued, motivated and inspired to reach their full potential, we will reach a positive solution,” the spokesperson said.

“In the meantime we would urge all to treat this in a rational and measured manner and abide by law and order. We assure all other employees of our factory that all support for their safety and conducive work environment are being ensured and the factory operations continue as usual”

The spokesperson added that most of the demands from the employees have now been met and NSN is in constant discussion with the employee representatives.

“The issue open at the moment is related to a section of political union and we, as per our policy and culture, have always maintained that we prefer direct discussions and negotiations with employee representatives and we are hoping in next few days the discussions will conclude.”


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