Saab postpones report as pay doubts remain

Saab Automobile, the owner of cash-strapped Swedish car maker Saab, has decided to postpone the presentation of its interim report as problems regarding the payment of staff wages persist.

Saab postpones report as pay doubts remain

Saab Automobile announced on Friday that it has postponed the presentation of its report to August 31st. The firm was supposed to have presented its figures for the first six months of 2011 on Friday.

The firm explained in a statement that it was busy working on putting together the report.

Meanwhile cashflow problems continued to affect the Swedish car maker, whose Trollhättan factory has stood still for several months.

Blue-collar workers were left out of pocket on Thursday when their wages were delayed and the firm’s white collar staff are expected to also be without their salaries on Friday as additional financing has still not been secured.

“We have not received any new information on the financing solution so we have to assume that wages will not arrive in time,” said Gunilla Gustav at Saab Automobile’s communications department on Friday morning.

The delays follow similar salary problems for the respective groups in June and July.

Saab released a statement earlier in the week saying that it was continuing strenuous efforts to obtain fresh interim financing to meet its staff salary obligations.

Cecilia Fahlberg, trade union Unionen’s chairwoman, was highly critical of Saab’s announcement.

“If salaries are delayed for the third time this summer, it’s obviously completely unacceptable. We know there’s a strong sense of loyalty among employees, but the question is if the boundary for this loyalty hasn’t been reached,” said Fahlberg.

If the union’s 1,000 members don’t receive their wages on Friday, Unionen will once again begin work to collect wages on members’ behalf.

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Sweden’s football association sticks boot in over match Denmark cancelled

Sweden has demanded compensation for a women’s World Cup qualification match cancelled by the Danish Football Association (Dansk Boldspil-Union, DBU) due to a dispute over pay.

Sweden’s football association sticks boot in over match Denmark cancelled
Denmark's players training without official gear during the contract dispute. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix Denmark

With DBU awaiting a final decision on punishment from European governing body UEFA over the October 2017 cancellation, the Swedish demand for compensation could increase the financial consequences for the Danish association.

Håkan Sjöstrand, general secretary of the Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet, SvFF), told newspaper Expressen that Sweden’s losses over the cancelled match amount to two million Swedish kronor (1.5 million Danish kroner or 200,000 euros).

“This relates to tickets, advertising for the match, food, board, logistics and a number of things regarding the match,” Sjöstrand said.

UEFA has been informed of the Swedish demand and can reportedly send the bill to the DBU should the claim be upheld.

Sjöstrand said he was unconcerned as to whether the compensation was to be paid by Denmark or by UEFA.

“We have made it clear that we wish to be compensated. How UEFA resolves that, I don’t know. Whether they can take money from a fund or forward the bill to Denmark, that’s up to UEFA,” he said.

Denmark withdrew from the match when DBU failed to reach an agreement with national team players over playing contract terms. A new contract was subsequently agreed.

Sweden was initially awarded a 3-0 victory for the fixture, while Denmark was fined 150,000 kroner (20,000 euros) and given a suspended ban from qualifying.

But Sweden appealed that decision, arguing the punishment was not strong enough.

Though a final decision on disciplinary action is yet to be reached, the claim for compensation is a separate issue.

“The [compensation] demand has nothing to do with the final disciplinary punishment,” Sjöstrand said.

Should Swedish claims for a harsher punishment be upheld, the Danes risk being disqualified from the current World Cup campaign entirely.

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