Microsoft workers in China are protesting against staff layoffs at Nokia, and have taken to the streets to complain about a "hostile takeover".
News agency Reuters reported that hundreds of workers protested this weekend, and shared their concerns and demands through local social networking sites.
V3 has asked Microsoft to comment on the reports and the layoffs that are resulting from its acquisition of the Nokia phones business. It has not yet responded.
Officially the firm has revealed plans to cut 18,000 jobs with around 12,500 coming from the newly acquired Nokia.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said in an email to internal staffers: "The first step to building the right organisation for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year.
"Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers."
Nadella said that the process would be transparent, and that it would be announcing where and when cuts would be made within the next six months. Jobs cuts and associated costs are expected to lead to pre-tax charges of $1.1bn to $1.6bn over the year.
A protester told the news agency that workers campaigned for hours and shouted until "they had sore throats". Workers were expected to meet with officials from the firm on Friday evening.
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