Telecom Rivalry Rouses Fairness Row in Europe
A Belgian company's recent settlement with China's largest telecom equipment suppliers seemed initially to break the back of a trade dispute in the European Union targeting Chinese imports.
But while Belgium's Option was preparing to drop its case against Chinese companies including employee-owned Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp in exchange for a Huawei agreement to license its software for 27 million euros the first year, European trade unions mounted a new attack.
Telecom supplier workers represented by the European Metalworkers Federation
and the European Workers Council filed a joint petition with the European
Parliament in early October claiming Chinese companies pose a serious threat to
the competitive capacity of their European rivals.
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