It is learned that the company has decided to extend the offer to its 6,600 permanent employees as the employees' union is getting ready to call a strike on Monday.

The employees have reportedly planned to go in for a Japanese-style strike. It is reported that around 5,200 employees will forego their free lunch and snacks given by the company and also work during the break to register their protest against VRS scheme.

Nokia is facing some trouble in finalizing its agreement with US software giant Microsoft due to some tax disputes in India over its plant in Chennai.

The disputes and the sale of Nokia to Microsoft have increased apprehension among workers that the VRS would be mandatory, though the company maintained that it was optional.   

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