At an extraordinary meeting a few days ago the Siemens Board in a “show of solidarity” voted to put their planned 30% pay-rise into a ‘hardship fund’ for their previous employees totaling €30m.
"We think the way BenQ has acted in Germany is unacceptable and want to help where we can," Klaus Kleinfeld told the German Newspaper Bild. "If BenQ is going to leave employees in the lurch, then we want to help actively and quickly."
Kleinfeld is also reported to have said that Siemens are considering taking legal action against BenQ following Siemens HQ being besieged by protesters shortly after the bankruptcy announcement.
It is thought BenQ is to continue handset operations in Asia however the fate of the remaining handset units across Europe is in doubt.
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