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.

16 responses to Saab employees are used to not being paid on time…

  1. You can say whatever you want about VM, but he atleast had the courage to beg for excuse when the salary was delayed. And his reason was that there where no money avaiable. The information provided on says that most wages will be paied week 6. Tomorrow is week 8…

    Now, the money is available but they don’t use resources enough to solve this in time.

  2. The receivers sound like the ones appointed for SAAB GB.

  3. The bureaucracy is a failure. This is a difficult case, but government agencies and receivers are not paid what they are paid to handle simple problems. There was no help (more like hindrance) from the government when SAAB needed it, and now the government and the receivers are not fulfilling their responsibilities to the employees. Is there any uproar in Sweden about this, or are 4,000 people too few to raise the Swedes’ consciousness about what is (or is not) going on?

  4. Given the way the Swedish Government prioritizes things, if they had been “refugees” instead of regular hard working people, they would have had plenty of monetary and other support. There would have been committees, organizations, volunteers and no end of tax money support for them.
    But these people (former Saab employees) who have worked hard all their life and PAID IN TAXES get last dibs at the social trough. So, this was not a PC (or PK in Sweden) correct comment??? Tough…
    Wake up all you slackers in Government and give back to these people and give them what they need and truly deserve.

    • In a lot of ways, the U.S. government does the same thing. People who are here illegally seem to go to the front of the line for everything from medical care to school lunches, “just because, it’s the humanitarian thing to do.” Meanwhile, taxpaying Americans (having a hard time making ends meet) have to “qualify” by filling out form after form, showing back taxes, bank statements, etc. This bureaucratic nonsense is not confined to Sweden by any means.

  5. I expected more of the SG.

  6. I don’t understand why there is so much bureaucracy. In the U.S., a worker just applies for benefits and they get money. I know because I got unemployment benefits for a few weeks when I was unemployed about 20 years ago. Maybe it took 2 weeks to process? There were a lot of forms to fill out but the money came quickly.

  7. Speaking of “getting paid” I think I might be about to do battle with GM. After all my bragging about my 7 1/2 year old Saab never having a mechanical problem, it finally happened on Friday night. “Low Coolant Level” light suddeny came on and when I stopped, a puddle of anti-freeze under the car (seeming to drip from the rear of the engine compartment at the bottom). Why a battle with GM? Well, I have a “GMPP” extended warranty. I bought it when Saab was owned by GM. I wanted to give GM the business since my car was a GM and the warranty is good at GM dealers and the selling point was that since it’s a GM product, claims get paid out a lot easier than an aftermarket warranty—-but it has to be through a GM dealer. I think they mentioned exceptions in emergencies, but that’s another matter. Anyway, I have a feeling GMPP might now tell me that International Saab is not a GM dealer. The problem is, I don’t think any GM dealers in my area work on Saab. There are some independent shops who spcialize in Saab-Volvo and there is the Saab dealer. I really don’t think Chevy dealers want anything to do with my 9-5. This ought to be interesting. I just hope it’s not expensive. I plan to go by the dealer tomorrow to buy a bottle of long life coolant—-to refill the system so I can get the car over to the dealer safely. When I stop in for the coolant, I will have to ask them if GMPP still pays them. If not—-I guess I’ll need to call GMPP to raise hell. Even if they tell me a Buick dealer or some other GM dealer “can do it” I wonder if that’s a good move for my car? I smell a court appearance and I might just blow this into “lost resale value” over the entire GM situation happening now. Wish me luck people.

  8. SG should finally take responsability; what kind of government is this; first letting a good industry die and then let people drop as of they never were imortant participants in the wealth of the country. You should for less do stupid things.

  9. I am confused. Thought you had to have a job to get paid by a company…? I am a huge Saab fan, but let’s be serious. It is not an active company. It is in suspended animation… + even that is a hugely optimistic view on my part.

    • When you get fired in Sweden, you will continue working ang get paied for 1 to 6 months depending om age e.t.c. When a company is approved bankrupt, you will get fired and the money for the wages will be paied by goverment. The max amount is 18 k€ and in this case it should cover from november. Before you get this cleared out, you can’t get anything from your unemployment insurance either.
      This may sound nice but is à result of one of the worlds highest tax levels.