• Aug 18th 2010 at 6:28PM
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When General Motors was on the precipice of dropping Saab forever, we imagine that the good workers of Trollhättan, Sweden were more than a little nervous. After all, how many high-paying jobs are there there in Scandanavia in the middle of a global recession? Well, it turns out that there may be quite a few jobs available if you consider the high volume of workers who reportedly turned down an offer to come back to work at Saab.

Sweden's SVT reports that as many as one-in-three laid off Saab workers turned down offers to come back to work in factory jobs for the company. Håkan Skött, Metallklubbens chairman at Saab in Trollhättan reportedly told SVT that up to 30 percent of the workers got new jobs or invested in training, adding "it's really nice that people have found other solutions." it's also good that Saab was still able to rehire 224 workers to help edge up vehicle production from a reported 28 units per hour to a max speed of 39 vehicles in any 60 minute period. The added workers will increase annual production to 60,000 units in total, and the company will need to hire still more workers if it plans to increase production more through a second shift.

[Source: SVT via Saabs United | Image: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very good to see they found other work, by the title I almost thought it was going to be a pride thing
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lousy Swedish commies with their universal healthcare and free college educations and jobs and all that. Glad we don't have to live under that kind of system here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhapse it is because in Sweden the people have different options on how they want to live their lives, and aren't indentured servants to major corperations...

      • 5 Years Ago
      That damn Scandinavian socialism....giving people more job opportunities than they need!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 97 900 turbo and love the car to bit's , all the people that have critisised GM have to realise that if GM had not stepped in Saab would have died in the 90's , The good news is Saab is alive and kicking , and If they are on my company car list i will have one , the german brands are over hyped .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saab is got a bright future ahead. I saw an interview with Jan Åke Jonsson on another auto news outlet and I liked a lot of what I heard. Saab isn't meant to be a main stream brand and it is refreshing to see their CEO recognize that and take initiative to elevate the brand. He is also cautious about how they proceed and seem to be on the right course. In time I'm sure that Saab will gain back the trust of the Swedish work force.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great and all, but lets remember that this is only a couple of hundred jobs that we are talking about... not the tens of thousands that have lost their jobs due to downsizing by Detroit. Many of those guys have been rehired as the US economy slowly improves and car demand increases, but its a looong road ahead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do Detroit downsizing and a rebounding US economy have to do with job prospects in SWEDEN?
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