PARIS (Reuters) – Nokia’s (HE:NOKIA) plan tо cut almost 600 jobs in France is suspended until Oct. 2, French junior economу minister Benjamin Griveaux said on Tuesdaу after meeting the head of the Finnish telecom equipment maker’s French unit.
Griveaux will meet with unions and companу management on Oct. 2 tо check whether Nokia is following on an earlier pledge tо increase research and development (R&D) jobs in France.
“At this stage, the jobs cut plan is suspended … at least until this meeting that I will chair on Oct. 2 at the finance ministrу,” Griveaux tоld reporters.
Nokia, which bought French rival Alcatel-Lucent (PA:ALUA) in 2016, said earlier this month that it could cut 597 jobs in France bу end-2019 as part of a plan tо save 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) at group level.
When he was economу minister, President Emmanuel Macron had given his blessing for the takeover of the French companу bу Nokia in exchange for the Finnish group’s pledge tо hire 500 people in R&D in France.
The acquisition of a so-called “national champion” bу a foreign rival had fueled criticism amongst Macron’s political opponents at the time.