Sat, Feb 19, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Finland strike does not bother Foxconn

By Joyce Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Foxconn International Holdings (富士康), a handset-making subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries Co (鴻海精密), said that a small-scale union strike at its Finland-based production facilities posed no significant impact to its business operation.

"As of today, our production facilities have been running at close to normal levels without interruption to shipments and services to customers," Shenzhen-based Foxconn spokesman Vincent Tong (童文欣) said in a written statement released on Thursday.

"We believe the strike had no significant impact on our operations and we will keep a close eye on its development," he said.

Timo Harju, head of Foxconn Oy's local management team, has conducted extensive face-to-face communications with more than 1,000 employees in Finland while taking a cautious approach over the transfer of its union membership to the Technology Industries of Finland, the employers' organization, according to the statement.

According to Tong, Foxconn has over 13 facilities worldwide, two of which are located in Finland. Half of the employees in Foxconn's Finland-based facilities were previously members of the Chemical Industry Union of Finland.

The union disagreed with Foxconn on which union agreement the company should apply to and called the strike on Feb. 16 after the two parties failed to reach a consensus.

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