Saab employees are used to not being paid on time…
February 19, 2012 in News
When Saab declared bankruptcy on the 19th of December last year one single sign of relief was for the Saab employees who now thought that the days of not being paid of time were gone, but this has proved to be even worse than during the last months of Saab.
Most of the Saab employees have still not been paid for January and February is due in 6 days. Many people have described it as more or less impossible to have any form of direct contact with Länsstyrelsen, the agency who are handling the issue on behalf of the Government even though the agency claims to have a good contact with the unemployed Saab workers. The “hotline” where employees are supposed to be able to get in touch with the department working for the bankruptcy administrators who are supposed to handle the issue is only open for 1 hour per day. Most people who have tried to call that number describes it as a waste of time, it is more or less impossible to get through even though some have succeeded.
Each case is tried individually which is a huge process when you have over 4000 cases to check each month? The best solution, although more costly would probably have been to keep the HR department at Saab in place to handle all of these matters until the unemployment agency took over.
But not even at the unemployment agency are things running smoothly. I have talked to people who have used their “services” in the last year and sometimes they have had to wait for up to 60 days before getting any money. Sweden’s well known social safety-net is time and time again proving to be a big failure for people who are being forced to use it.
The unemployment agency does have one very good feature that many people are now thinking about using. They offer educational courses with a wide variety of courses and the best part is that once a person has been enrolled into this program, the date where the agency stops paying the initial 80% of the basic salary is postponed for the duration of the course while the person attending the course continues to receive money throughout the duration of the course. In this way employees are able to go back to school to freshen up their skills from school but also to learn new topics without being forced to loose money.