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Normalcy returns to Nokia India's plant

india Updated: Jan 23, 2010 09:08 IST

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Production at Nokia India's plant near Chennai resumed as usual on Saturday after the four day worker's strike was called off Friday night.

"Workers have reported to duty this (Saturday) morning. The company assured us during the conciliation process that suspended workers would be taken back," Nokia India Employees Progressive Union (NIEPU) joint general secretary P Suresh told IANS.

The worker's union is affiliated to Labour Progressive Front (LPF), the labour wing of ruling DMK. The strike began on Tuesday over the transfer of an employee.

Peace was brokered on Friday between the NIEPU and the Nokia India management at the Joint Labour Commissioner's office here after a long meeting.

"As per the understanding arrived after the meeting, the suspension orders for 23 workers will be revoked when they report to duty on Saturday," LPF general secretary M Shanmugam told IANS.

"Decision on the balance 40 workers under suspension will be taken on Jan 29 at the labour commissioner's office," he added.

In its statement issued on Friday, Nokia India had said: "The issue has been resolved through mutual dialogue and to the satisfaction of all parties involved. However, the suspension pending inquiry notice to some employees who are reported to have committed acts of serious misconduct still remains and will be concluded through disciplinary proceedings."

According to workers, nine out of 12 office bearers of NIEPU are under suspension.

The company has around 3,700 permanent workers, around 2,000 trainees and 1,000 contract workers.

According to union officials, nearly 70 per cent of the total workforce are women.

One of the largest multi-national companies in the country, Nokia India's plant near here can churn out around 500,000 mobile phones a day and has the highest productivity among all Nokia plants across the world.