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Alcatel-Lucent Event Disrupted
The Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 4, 2007

Dozens of whistling and singing protesters forced Alcatel-Lucent Chairman Serge Tchuruk to suspend his opening speech at the shareholders' meeting Friday.

Labor unions have staged regular protests against the telecommunications-equipment company's planned restructuring, which calls for thousands of job cuts.

After several minutes of alternate chanting and whistling by the protesters, Mr. Tchuruk paused and asked them to make a statement before he resumed his address.

One protester, representing various labor unions, stepped up to criticize management after the merger that created Alcatel-Lucent last year and the pay and severance packages of Mr. Tchuruk and Chief Executive Patricia Russo.