Blockaded company moves to Czech Republic

Pallet manufacturer Skandro Trade from the small southern town of Smålandsstenar is moving a large part of its production to the Czech Republic.

In early October the Swedish Forest and Wood Workers’ Union placed a blockade on the company when the owner refused to sign a collective bargaining agreement.

The company is run by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian movement. The owners have repeatedly insisted that their faith prevents them from entering into an agreement with a third party.

The fate of the company’s nine employees is not yet known.