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Nokia is creating R&D jobs while downsizing its traditional operations in Lannion

15. 05. 2023 Monday / By: Robert Denes / Business / Exact time: BST / Print this page

A few days ago I reported to you that Nokia is planning to lay off 173 employees from its plant in France, and now Nokia has announced the hiring of more employees in Lannion. Nokia is creating R&D jobs while downsizing its traditional operations in Lannion. The equipment manufacturer plans to create up to 500 jobs in France in the next few years in the field of advanced 5G and 6G. At the same time, the Finnish group would have launched a new social plan, the fifth since the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in 2015.

Nokia and France, it's a stormy story. Since the telecom equipment maker took over Alcatel-Lucent in December 2015, it has been full of ups and downs. On the occasion of the 2023 edition of the "Choose France" summit, the Finnish group has announced that it will create up to 500 R&D jobs at its Paris-Saclay and Lannion sites (Côtes-d'Armor) over the next five to eight years.

On May 15, on the sidelines of the Choose France summit, which will be held in Versailles with the participation of more than 200 foreign business leaders, the Elysee Palace detailed the list of planned investments in which 500 jobs must be created at Nokia in Paris, which announcements were received without enthusiasm on the Breton side.

Nokia has promised to create a European cyber security center. Three years later, it is still in its embryonic stage. "We were quickly informed that they had hired 100 employees. Today we are at 25," laments Olivier Legendre, the CFDT representative of Nokia in Lannion.

It was announced that 173 fewer people violated the collective agreement excluding R&D. (…) Among them 29 in Lannion. Today in Lannion there are 524 of us operational, so we are falling below the 500 level. The 500 limit is very important. In Orvault, they went under the bar, today the site is closed. Therefore, we ask ourselves many questions.

The management of Nokia in Paris did not want to clarify things. As for Lannion mayor Paul Le Bihan, he believes today's announcements are "too vague" to comment on.

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