Layoffs. Wonder what year is this in the Chinese calendar, because whatever the animal, Microsoft sure has had it tough in the country these past few months. And now you can add another issue.

Windows 8 is banned on state computers, while the government is investigating the technology titan for possible antitrust violation. Another concern has been added to the mix, as hundreds of Chinese employees at a Nokia factory have started protests against Microsoft.

The demonstration has been going on for well over five hours now, with factory workers protesting against the layoffs that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently announced.

Employees, the above report says, are waving banners and chanting against the technology titan, with many screaming until their throats were sore.

Protestors are afraid that they could lose their jobs after Redmond announced that no less than 18,000 employees will be fired in the coming months — with 12,500 of these impacting Nokia’s workforce that joined Microsoft after the acquisition was complete.

Factory workers believe that Microsoft made a hostile takeover, and violently laid off employees.

All employees that are to be let go are expected to get notifications within the next six months, but many are claiming that they have already heard the sad news from their managers.

Oh well, another day in China.

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  • Ray C

    These people have to understand that most of these Nokia employees were going to lose their job anyway. Microsoft saved that company. Nokia was going to have to downside without Microsoft ever stepping in. They got a much better deal than they were going to get

    • SMalone

      Bingo! China is just using this as an excuse get people mad at Microsoft. It works out conveniently for them, but it is totally a false premise and argument.

  • Lars

    The propaganda is working from Chinese government. Nokia was a floundering company, not sure what these people expected…

  • Julian Anderson

    Welcome to the modern world China, your days of record growth are over. Get used to it.