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TeliaSonera Strike Postponed

A threatened strike by the Union of Salaried Employees TU to protest job cuts by TeliaSonera has been delayed by a month, following talks Monday between the union and company representatives.

Earlier this month, the Swedish-Finnish telecommunications company announced measures aimed at nearly 500 million euros in savings. TeliaSonera is to cut 2,900 jobs by the end of next year. The company plans to eliminate nearly 1,000 jobs in Finland and 2,000 in Sweden, or about one-sixth of its workforce.

TeliaSonera says now that it will re-examine its plans with a view to finding savings without large job cuts.TU says that a strike by its members would shut down TeliaSonera's customer services and maintenance.

The Union of Salaried Employees TU and TeliaSonera are to have talks again in four weeks' time. Of the approximately 6000 TeliaSonera employees in Finland, nearly 4000 are members of TU.

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