Saab Collapse Alert: High state of readiness at the Swedish employment office in Trollhattan


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Friday, 09 September 2011
The struggle to make Saab automobile remain a viable car marker in Sweden has also been dampen by negative spirits coming from various sources in the Swedish establishment.
Long ago, authorities have sat and waited for Saab to collapse and even the Swedish government had been accused of hypocrisy, that it wanted Saab to fail. Now the fall is getting even nearer and faster. How the authorities deal with the outcome remains a matter of wait and watch. But what is known now is that the employment services is getting ready for an overwhelming effects from those that will loose their jobs.

So those who have been clamouring for Saab’s fall are getting ready to pick the pieces expected. One of them is the Swedish government. Its employment Service in Trollhattan which is already crying out that it would not be able to manage by itself a rapid collapse of Saab.

“We had prepared for a long time with advisers who are prepared to go there and help,” says Eva Lindh Pernheim who is the Employment Service's marketing manager for North of V�strag�taland region

Approximately 80 percent of the employees at Saab live in the tree-city area that includes Trollhattan, Uddevalla and V�nersborg.

“The region’s labour market which is already weak, with unemployment nearly doubles the national average,” says Eva Lindh Pernheim, will be chocked now to a constricting level.

Also on the Employment Service's part, it is not just about the 3500 working at Saab. Several subcontractors said they are stuck with the fall of Saab. But still in the region, manufacturing activities are still good and there are opportunities to commute to G�teborg.

“We have a close collaboration with municipalities, employment agencies and universities.
The problems in Trollh�ttan are no new news to the Employment Service. Saab has been threatened before, as when it was held that the production seemed to be heading to Germany, in the mid-2000s and two years ago when the factory was a breadth away from closure.

The employment Services is banking on two phases. An acute first phase where it is about taking care of redundant and informs and make sure they are registered at the Employment Service and receive the compensation they should have. The next phase is about to move on to new jobs or training. In both phases, it requires the strengthening of the organization in Trollh�ttan.
“But we are prepared for various scenarios. Depending on developments, it may affect a different number of employees in different ways and tale different lengths of time,” says Eva Lindh Pernheim.
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