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Motorola China employees protest against mass layoffs

2012-08-17 05:28:39 GMT2012-08-17 13:28:39(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Motorola employees protest against layoffs in Beijing and Nanjing. Weibo photo

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

More than 150 people protested outside of Motorola's company office on Friday morning, in response to a massive staff cut after Google took charge of Motorola Mobility and announced its decision to slash 20 percent of the handset maker’s staff.

A similar protest was staged in the company's Nanjing factory yesterday.

"Use our patents to kill our brothers," one banner read. The workers claim that Motorola has unilaterally breached the employment contract.

Police and employees reportedly erupted a bitter row when the police seized the banner.

Citing unnamed sources from Motorola Mobility China, media say employees were told of layoffs on Tuesday and nearly all of the departments were affected.

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Motorola Mobility to slash 4,000 jobs

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