Continued uncertainty in Saab automobile


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Monday, 08 August 2011
The week has started like usual at Saab with no activity and no action in the factory. Besides that there is growing uncertainty for the employees and debts accumulate with the bailiff.

Now the workers unions are asking for action plan on the table. There was a meeting in Stockholm between representatives the Chinese Pang Da and Saab's management but no information about the meeting was nit release.

“It was a step in the process leading up to the Chinese authority, the NDRC to say yes to the deal,” says Saab's CIO Eric Geers.
“Content-wise, we will not comment on the meeting.”


NDRC, the Chinese authority is the only body in China to decide which car manufacturers may operate in China. A confirmation of NDRC is required for agreements to effect between Pang Da, Youngman to go through a union with Saab

Pang Da’s chairman Pang Qinghua believes that the deal can be approved within two-three months. Meanwhile this will just drag in the crisis.

But Saab's problems are acute. Taxes and fees must be paid on Friday and about 100 cases of unpaid fees and taxes are piling up at the enforcement’s table. 14 of them are on appeal.

On August 16 is the due date for two of them, according to the debt authority, whereas the union is also calling for a plan of action for the company.
“We want to see what it looks like in the short, medium and long term,” says Anette Hellgren, the Union, Unionen’s head.

“I think (Spyker Saab Automobile's Managing Director), Victor Muller will be here this week to talk to the unions,” said Geers.
By Team

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