Photo credits: DAMIEN MEYER
At the call of the unions, the employees of the Nokia site in Lannion had planned a symbolic action to clean up the site, which they believe had been abandoned by their employer. Indeed, a very large majority of employees are currently teleworking and the Lanion site is today the symbol of the abandonment of employment (1,200 jobs eliminated in France) by the Finnish manufacturer on the French sites that it prefers. move to countries where labor is cheaper.
After several fruitless meetings with the government and company representatives, the employees remain determined and continue to oppose these job cuts, which particularly hit the region. Beyond the direct job losses, it is the entire economy of the region that is affected by these relocations, as well as future job candidates, currently undergoing training, in the telecoms sector. A layoff plan which, as elected officials and residents of the region fear, could also give ideas to its competitor Orange, the city's second largest employer ahead of Nokia.
Arrived at the meeting point for the demonstration, the employees of the Finnish giant found the gates of the site closed, the management using the pretext of sanitary conditions to prevent the action of its employees.
– CFDT Nokia (@CFDT_Nokia) October 19, 2020
A rescue plan is then found and the 402 workers and their supporters then leave for the employment center to deposit 402 CV there, a symbolic action aimed at denouncing the disaster to come.
As Loïg Chesnais-Girard (president of the Brittany region) explains to Franceinfo: “The departure of Nokia is a scandal in the period. The Nokia company set up by taking over Alcatel, then five years later, after all the resources that were put on the table from Europe, the State, the region, this company goes for low-cost countries. "
This attack by Nokia on its employees, and that, more generally, of the whole of the employers who seek to save their profits on the backs of the employees, shows the urgency of a battle plan for all the workers whose health and employment are threatened by the health and economic crisis. While symbolic actions are a first step in challenging these plans for cascading layoffs, this tactic is far from sufficient to prevent the destruction of the lives of several hundred workers and their families. Faced with the illusion of negotiations, the Nokia workers must together demand a concrete battle plan from their union leadership. A coordinated fight therefore across all the sites concerned and even the sector more generally, with a battle plan that poses as a central, non-negotiable and unconditional demand: zero dismissals.