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Federley forced to pay salad bar rent

TT/The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 11:41

Published: 28 Apr 2010 11:41 GMT+02:00

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Federley and Pecynski opened their salad bar near Stureplan in central Stockholm in the spring of 2007. The purpose, aside from making money, was to demonstrate defiance to union demands to sign up to collective bargaining agreements.

But the project soon turned sour with Federley arguing that the landlord had not equipped the premises as agreed and the unlikely duo subsequently stopped paying the rent. The salad bar quickly went bankrupt and the landlord demanded the outstanding rent plus other costs.

Federley and Pecynski have now reached an agreement in Stockholm District Court to hand over 300,000 kronor to settle the dispute.

The pair opened their salad bar after being inspired by a battle fought by Sofia Appelgren, who was famously forced to sell up her Wild'n Fresh salad bar in Gothenburg after having being blockaded by the Hotel and Restaurant Union (Hotell- och restaurangfacket - HRF) for over four months.

The celebrity owners made an unsuccessful bid for Wild'n Fresh after accusing the union of applying mafia methods in its bid to convince Applegren into signing a union agreement.

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"Having angry old men and women standing outside the entrance to your company, wearing orange vests and handing out flyers about how your company is evil incarnate, would be enough to make most people puke," Percynski said at the time.

"But not Fredrick and me. That's the sort of thing that gets us going," she said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:29 April 28, 2010 by tommy the cat
I'm all for standing up for issues you believe in, and learning from one's mistakes.

But if a current politician can't run a single shop (without a blockade), how's he supposed to manage a whole municipality and it's budgeting etc?
14:24 April 28, 2010 by Audrian
After Mrs. Thatcher in Britain and Mr. Regan in the US emasculated labor unions, income gap in both societies widened massively and working people's demand for consumer goods declined. The corporation allowed the workers to maintain traditional consumption level by allowing them to borrow (including credit care debt) even though their wages have shrunk. It worked for a brief period of time. Depression was inevitable. Millions are now out of work!

This young politician is in a blind pursuit of this bad example. Weakening labor unions might give corporations and business temporary gain, boom. In the long run it brings a drastic economic decline, bust!
17:50 April 28, 2010 by Puffin
Shows not to combine business and political activism....
20:48 April 28, 2010 by babychuma
The income gap after Reagan and Thatcher was wider but everyone was wealthier, labor unions stifle expansion and job creation, that's one reason so much work has moved from west to east.
21:36 April 28, 2010 by Great Scott

I could not put it better myself, it's good to see constructive comments instead of the brain dead people that just slag off everything.
22:06 April 28, 2010 by diegoveggie
unions are just as boring as politicians that bully people out of their money (taxxxx)
02:06 April 29, 2010 by DAVID T
No doubt the food was crap - that's why it went bust
07:55 April 29, 2010 by Rick Methven
@Great Scott

"I could not put it better myself, it's good to see constructive comments instead of the brain dead people that just slag off everything."

Hear hear!

I rarely look at the comments on News items anymore as they are generally filled with the slag off everybody and everything posts by the same bunch of trolls, who either ignore or belittle any reasoned post. Most probably because reason is beyond the capability of a troll
13:09 April 29, 2010 by flintis
@ Audrian

Millions were out of work long before Thacther, the Labour gov hid the figures by changing the unemployment benefits & social services laws, not forgetting wasting £400 million nationalising & closing the docks.
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