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Union slammed for 'Nobel-like' birthday party

TT/The Local/dl · 5 Sep 2011, 14:20

Published: 05 Sep 2011 14:20 GMT+02:00

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To mark it's 75th birthday, the SKTF trade union threw a lavish party at Stockholm's City Hall (Stadshuset) at the weekend for 800 invited guests.

The union also shelled out fees to attract some of Sweden's more prominent comedians such as Felix Halmgren and Johan Rheborg to entertain guests, which included Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria.

Attendees dined on a fancy three course meal and downed expensive wines in the City Hall' Blue Room, the same room where Nobel laureates and royalty eat after the prizes are handed out each year in December, the Expressen newspaper reported

"It's an expensive party, there's no way to hide it,” the group's head of administration, Torbjörn Bredin, told the newspaper.

In addition to serving as a birthday party of sorts for the union, which has more than 160,000 white collar public sector employees, the event was also meant to serve as the unveiling of the union group's new name, Vision.

“If the point was the celebrate the name change, then the party is ridiculously expensive. From a communications perspective, it was a total mental black out,” PR consultant Peter Karaszi told Expressen.

“It's one thing for a company earning profits to spend money, bu this is a union who rely on membership dues for income.”

Earlier this year, the union raised dues for members, but Bredin defended the lavish party, arguing that the costs were justified.

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“It was important for us to get our message out that we're in the process of becoming a totally new union. We wanted to pep up our elected members to go out on Monday and be ambassadors for a totally new approach to the union's work,” he said.

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15:08 September 5, 2011 by Svensksmith
I always wondered if Captain Kangaroo had a son.
15:12 September 5, 2011 by occassional
Now that IS a funny moustache.
16:23 September 5, 2011 by GLO
Another example of why unions are out of date, for every reason......
16:49 September 5, 2011 by Scepticion
Sad, how many unemployment fees could have been paid with that...

Just shows that these people think like the corrupt leaders in the former East block.

And where did the money go? Renting the two halls with lighting is

200'000 SEK.


The dinner for 800 people was maybe 1.2 Million SEK (1500 SEK/pers.).

The rest??
17:49 September 5, 2011 by McChatter
Who is this joker in the picture?
21:25 September 5, 2011 by godnatt
Who's the clown with the molestache?
00:22 September 6, 2011 by Beavis
The kings lovechild?
08:06 September 6, 2011 by markusd
800 union 'leaders' had a lavish party while the 160,000 members who paid for it got nothing (well, except for that great name change). Didn't they do this kind of thing in Animal Farm?
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