The firm said it still intends to become a global leader in 5G technology development.
180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks
180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks
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Finnish networking tech firm Nokia has announced it is entering employer-employee negotiations, and that it aims to cut up to 180 jobs in Finland this year.

The company said the redundancies would affect employees at facilities across the country, but mostly at Nokia's headquarters in Espoo. However, Nokia said the payroll cuts would not affect development of 5G technologies or its factory in Oulu.

Nokia's president of mobile networks, Tommi Uitto, said the company wants to safeguard its long-term competitiveness, adding that the company will support staff affected by the downsizing process.

The job cuts are part of the company's broader goals to reduce annual costs by 500 million euros, plans which were put into motion in 2018.

Uitto said the company has reduced earlier savings targets from 700 million to 500 million euros to invest in 5G technology development and digitalisation.

He noted that Nokia hired 370 employees in 2019. The company currently employs about 6,000 people in Finland.

Last week the company announced it had signed 63 commercial 5G contracts, noting the development positioned the firm as "a global leader in end-to-end 5G solutions."

Customers in those deals include AT&T, T-Mobile US, Korea Telecom and Vodafone Italy among others.

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180 jobs under the axe in Nokia redundancy talks

Home delivery: Foodora gobbles up Pizza Online

Home delivery: Foodora gobbles up Pizza Online

Meal delivery firm Foodora has announced plans to merge with the Finnish-owned delivery service Pizza Online at the end of January. Both companies are part of the Berlin-based multinational concern Delivery Hero.

Pizzas and meals will still be home delivered but under the Foodora brand, according to Foodora Finland's marketing chief Nora Särkä.

"We wanted to keep the brand familiar to consumers, so we considered which brand to use for quite a while. [In the end] we felt that Pizza Online is strongly associated with pizza, although [Foodora] offers a lot more. It was natural to choose Foodora as the brand," Särkkä explained.

Ordering home-delivered meals has never been easier for consumers since Foodora and its competitor Wolt opened for business. However, the services may not provide the best experiences for delivery workers in the sector.

Foodora currently serves seven cities in Finland, including the Helsinki region, Oulu, Turku and Jyväskylä. Pizza Online operates in nearly 20 cities and communities. Meanwhile, competitor Wolt is present in 17 cities and municipalities across the country. Following the merger, Foodora will become the largest food delivery service in Finland.

Last summer an Yle investigation found that Pizza Online maintained its market position by preventing restaurants from using other services while taking up to 22 percent of the purchase price of each order.

Foodora and Wolt have also faced scrutiny from freelancing delivery workers over the firms' business practices. A group of workers from both firms created the group justice4couriers.fi, which aims to improve working conditions in the industry.

Some of the group's demands include abandoning planned pay cuts, improving the allocation of shifts and recognising delivery workers as contracted employees, among others.

Vasemmistoliitto MP held in Israel, released after 10 hours

Vasemmistoliitto MP held in Israel, released after 10 hours

lawmaker of the ruling Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) Anna Kontula. Photo Kimmo Brandt / Compic / Eduskunta.

The Israeli authorities on Monday arrested a lawmaker of the ruling Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) Anna Kontula on the Israeli-Gaza border, reported a Finnish language daily  Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday.

Kontula, who was a member of an international right group on the Gaza border was held as the group tried to hold a demonstration to draw attention to the situation there, reported national broadcaster Yle quoting Kontula as saying in a statement.

The lawmaker, however, was released on Monday evening after more than a 10-hour detention period.

She said that that the demonstration was organized to protest against the arms trade between Finland and Israeli companies.

Demanding stop of the arms trade Kontula said that the arms trading will promote continued Israeli occupation and military activities in the region.

"Attempts were made to pressure me into signing a document in Hebrew, in which I would have acknowledged various suspicions, such as endangering security, in addition to other suspected crimes," said the Yle report quoting Kontula as saying that she did not sign the document.