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Saab Employees Rally At Saab Factory In Trollhättan

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: TTELA & GT

Thousands of Saab Automobile employees finally gather outside of the Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden today according to TTELA & GT.

The protesters are carrying signs, including the “SAVE SAAB” logo I provided to some of them in an e-mail last night. Their sign however includes this but they added “SAVE SAAB from Ganster Motors, a play on GM”. Creative!

I’m glad our “SAVE SAAB” campaign in Detroit took off and inspired others around the world including Saab clubs and now Saab employees.

Good for them, send your message loud and clear!

Here’s TTELA’s story followed by GT’s below.

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TTELA

Thousands manifested outside Saab

TROLLHÄTTAN Save Saab, Saab save, save Saab!
Several thousand Saab employees gathered outside the main gate at noon to send a message to the owner of General Motors.
– Show us that you deliver what you promised!

For unions call down near 3 000 Saab employees up to a demonstration at 12 noon today. All left their jobs and marched out to the main gate. Banners reading “Saab has a soul, GM”, “Save Saab” and “General failure take” appeared in the crowds.
– We still believe in this and have constant contact with the bidders, “said Annette Hellgren, chairman of the Union, just before the demonstration started.

And people were furious at GM.

– It is pure torture from GM’s side, “said Rune Olsson, who worked 25 years at the factory.
The manifestation was short, but afterward sent the trade union representatives off a letter to GM’s CEO Ed Whitacre with an appeal to sell Saab

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Banners outside the factory spoke for themselves: “SAVE Saab from GM – Gangster Motors”, “Saab has a soul, the GM?” And “save jobs at Saab.”

– All are here, all 3 500 workers, both factory workers and officials, “says Borje Andersson, GT’s reporter on the spot.

During the manifestation of the letter was read out, in which the staff addressed to GM’s chief executive, Ed Whitacre.

– The letter requires the employees to GM will take responsibility for their employees and sell Saab.

They are demanding that GM will demonstrate the confidence of the employees, being a good employer, “said GT’s Borje Andersson.

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Koenigsegg Group Visiting Saab Automobile Today

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: TTELA

TTELA reports that Christian von Koenigsegg and Bard Eker are now visiting the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden to discuss this deal that they withdrew from.

It seems, that they are fully willing to tell all about why exactly they pulled out. This is for business people, quite amazing. I really hope to hear more details from them here so we can learn what’s up and why this all went down like this.
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The Remaining Pieces Of The Saab-Koenigsegg Sale

Posted on 26. Oct, 2009 by .

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TTELA has recently published a good piece providing clarity for the remaining pieces of the Saab-Koenigsegg sale from GM following the EIB loan application approval last week.

Effectively, the EU Commission is the next step, then the Swedish Government needs to agree to this as a guarantor, then the BAIC deal needs to be complete and finally the GM sale and service agreement, finalized.

Here is the piece below, loosely translated by Google.

I can say yes to the EIB to lend 4.1 billion to Saab, but there is no money unless the Swedish government goes into the walls tier. Thus, there remain a few pieces of the puzzle.

Saab one step closer to goal
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Saab Automobile Union Leaders Positive About BAIC MOU

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by .

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Saab Automobile’s Union leaders, Anette Helgren and Paul Akerlund are in favor of the Koenigsegg Group’s memorandum of understanding with BAIC according to TTELA.

Here’s the piece by TTELA below.

Anette Hellgren, Union, and Paul Akerlund, Metal, are in favor of the new information and think above all it is nice to Koenigsegg now put all our cards on the table.
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How Does Fiat’s Interest In GM Europe, Affect Saab?

Posted on 04. May, 2009 by .

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The news about Fiat’s interest in GM Europe is now getting some responses from people, including a Saab Automobile union representative in Sweden.

According to the local, Annette Hellgren, a union representative at Saab Automobile, said on Monday that a merger with Fiat would signal a change of direction for the Trollhättan-based firm. Current policy is for Saab to be able to stand on its own, independent of the the GM concern.

“This line of reasoning is new to us. We have not heard this before, I have to say. We have however heard that Fiat is interested in Opel,” Hellgren said implying that there may have been some misunderstanding in the media, or at Fiat.

I wonder if this possible change with Fiat & Saab Automobile, will be affect the existing reconstruction efforts underway? I have sent an e-mail into Saab Automobile to ask for more details.

I leave you with a brief snippet of the article on the local.

Swedish car maker Saab could become part of a new European car giant after Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne expressed an interest in General Motors’ European brands.

Fiat has recently signed a cooperation agreement with US firm Chrysler and now plans to turn its sights to General Motors’ stable of brands in Europe, according to details emerging from an interview with Marchionne in the Financial Times.

This would mean that Sweden’s Saab could join Vauxhall, Opel, Alfa Romeo and Fiat models within the new firm.

“I can not comment these details,” Fiat spokesperson Eric Geers told news agency TT.

Annette Hellgren, union representative at Saab Automobile, said on Monday that a merger with Fiat would signal a change of direction for the Trollhättan-based firm. Current policy is for Saab to be able to stand on its own, independent of the the GM concern.

“This line of reasoning is new to us. We have not heard this before, I have to say. We have however heard that Fiat is interested in Opel,” Hellgren said implying that there may have been some misunderstanding in the media, or at Fiat.

The ambitious plans for a transatlantic car empire received the approval of stock markets with Fiat stock up six percent in Milan on the first day of trading after the reports emerged.

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