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Federation Calls for Investigation into Nokia Plant Closure

The European Metalworkers' Federation, the EMF, says it opposes Nokia's decision to close its factory in Bochum, Germany. At a meeting held in Brussels Wednesday, the EMF called for an investigation to determine whether Nokia waited too long to inform staff and trade unions of the closure.

Representatives from the Nokia plant in Bochum also attended the meeting. Furthermore, the EMF called for new negotiations with Nokia management.

The EMF is an umbrella organisation which defends the interests of workers in the European metal industry.

Some 2,300 workers will lose their jobs when Nokia shuts down the Bochum plant and moves shop to other European countries.

Magazine: Bochum Factory Profitable The mobile phone factory in Bochum did quite well financially last year, according to the German-language magazine Capital. Last year, the factory saw 134 million euros in profits, reports the magazine. Earlier this month, Nokia announced it will close the Bochum factory and move shop to Romania, where labour is less expensive. YLE