Motorola Mobility’s employees in China protest against layoffs
About 200 of Motorola Mobility’s employees gathered in front of the company’s Chinese headquarters in Beijing on Friday morning, and protested against the layoffs that Google has set in motion last week.
After finally being able to close the deal through which it acquired Motorola Mobility, Google has presented a plan that will see 20% of that company’s workforce laid off in the near future. This move will help focus Motorola on fewer, higher-quality mobile devices each year, according to the Mountain View giant. It should also help get Moto’s finances back on track, at least in the long run.
Understandably though, the people who are going to be affected by these layoffs are upset. Hence the protests in Beijing, which came only a few days after a similar event in Nanjing. Media reports in China are saying that the majority of the affected workforce is located in that country, with Motorola’s Beijing HQ leading the way, so to speak, with 700 people on the list.
The employees accuse what they say are opaque layoff procedures, not having been told anything about how the process will go through. Also, they don’t like the great speed at which the layoffs are being carried out.
On the other hand, Motorola emphasizes that it’s going to pay compensation figures to its laid off staff that are above what the law requires, and it’s also going to provide re-employment services, and letters of recommendation. Moto’s even hired an executive search firm, and will hold job fairs for the soon to be unemployed.