Ex-workers see hope in Foxconn plan


CHENNAI: Hundreds of former employees of Taiwanese company Foxconn`s Sriperumbudur unit, which shut down in December 2014 after cellphone maker Nokia ended its India operations, are hoping to find jobs in Maharashtra, where the company has signed a deal to invest 500 crore, or in Gujarat where it is in talks for a joint venture with the Adani Group. The closure of the Foxconn plant, which made cellphone parts for Nokia, left 1,306 workers without employment. Many of them are still looking for work. After experimenting with a small plant, Foxconn moved into the Nokia SEZ in April 2006. At its peak, the company had more than 6,500 employees, including 3,600 contract workers, up to 1,500 trainees and 1,700 permanent workers on its rolls. Foxconn has signed an MoU with the Maharashtra government to set up a research and semiconductor manufacturing facility that it expects to create 50,000 jobs.


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