Nortel's Noisy Strikers

12:40 PM -- Staff at the Paris offices of Ernst & Young International were reminded last Friday (July 10) that their company is currently the administrator for Nortel Networks Ltd. in Europe by a spirited and noisy strike protest by some of the vendor's French staff.

The staff were striking because, of about 700 Nortel staff in France, about 480 are being laid off, while the remainder, who work on Nortel's GSM product line, have been told they may have jobs in the future if another company buys their part of the business. The GSM unit isn't part of the wireless assets deal struck with Nokia Networks . (See NSN Picks at Nortel's Mobile Bones and Will Others Bid for Nortel's Wireless Assets? )

If you can read French -- I can't, despite my outrageous surname -- regardez this report at LeMondeInformatique for more details.

And to see just how noisy those strikers were outside E&Y's Paris offices, check out this YouTube clip for the full-on noisefest.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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