Saab worker to get vacation immediately production starts even though they have not been working


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Sunday, 03 July 2011
Saab workers are going back to work on Monday but there is likely no work to be done again in its factory in Trollhattan, near Gothenburg in Sweden. In fact, no production is expected after the company tried to pay workers after it money really went dry.

Saab's management hopes to get operation rolling again within two weeks but then it becomes just a week of production before the factory is closed for the usual annual holidays.

“I'm pretty sure that this will happen. Everybody deserves peace and quiet. But of course it would be good if we started earlier,” says Gunilla Gustav of Saab's communications department to the newspaper TTELA online.

Hakan Scotland, the president of the Saab’s workers union, IF Metal Club in Trollh�ttan, hopes that management should not come up with new requirements for travel changes. The latest agreement between the Metal Workers' Union and Saab management implies that workers get two weeks vacation, weeks 30 and 31. Earlier agreements stipulated four weeks but it could not go as the rule given that the company has been in this deep hole in the past months.


“The company can come up with new proposal but I hope that this should not be the case. The idea now is that we get production started as early as possible, but people are supposed to have a holiday after all,” says Scotland.

No date has been give as to when production is expected to restart, according to Scotland.
But there have certainly been discussions with suppliers over the weekend and there is the expectation that production will resume in the coming weeks.

Saab Automobile in recent days has been able to put together more than Skr600 million of short-term financing as a rigorous means to solve its desperate financial needs.
On Monday, Saab gained an order worth Skr120 million for 582 cars by an unknown Chinese customer.

On Tuesday, the consortium led by Hemfosa Properties bought half of the shares of Saab's real estate property for Skr255 million. Final approval is still awaited from the EIB, the Swedish Debt Office and the Swedish government, but the deal is expected in principle have gone through.

On Wednesday, Saab was awarded a loan of Skr230 million by the Bahamas Registered Fund Gemini, which already has a stake in the Swedish Automobile (formerly Spyker).
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