In June, the announcement of a fourth social plan in five years at Nokia had the effect of a cold shower in the Breton ecosystem, worried about the future of the Lannion site, a flagship of telecoms since the 1960s. The Minister of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, did not hide her “incomprehension” of the Finnish group’s strategy, while 5G and cybersecurity have become issues of sovereignty.
Nokia’s record in France is eloquent. In 2016, when Alcatel-Lucent was acquired, the group had 4,500 employees there, apart from the subsidiary Alcatel Submarine Networks. He pledged to recruit 500 researchers over three years. But, at the end of the social plan at the end of 2021, Nokia France will only have 3,000 employees. The group has, in the meantime, garnered 280 million euros in public support since 2016, via the research tax credit, according to union sources.
The cybersecurity center is overdue
In Lannion, the workforce will shrink to 630 positions at the end of 2021, taking into account the 97 new jobs, linked to the creation of a European cybersecurity center to which Nokia is committed. But the project is slow to be put in place, causing concern on the spot. The state plans to provide another 28 million euros.
“We will follow each step: the commitments made by Nokia will be contractualized,” says a leader of Bercy. The State also pushed for 80 jobs to be created in Lannion within the framework of the “5G sovereign” project developed by the b-com institute. Lannionnais employees have also been approached by Orange and Akka Technologies to be recruited. On the other hand, the round table project, demanded by the unions on maintaining employment in the territory and ambition in digital technology, was declined by Bercy.