Saab workers protest GM's closedown

08:50, January 13, 2010      

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About 3500 Saab Automobile workers in its factory in western Sweden on Tuesday protested against the General Motors’ decision of closing down the factory, according to a report from the Local.

“Save Saab, Save Saab” was the message the workers want to send out.
“Mr. Obama-please save Saab,” reads one banner while the others read “Gangster Motors”, “General Mistakes”.

It was reported that the workers were angry with the General Motors’ decision of closing down the company instead of selling it.

The General Motors headquarters stated last Friday that it is winding down the Saab factory in Sweden, but at the same time, it is still looking for bidders which appeared recently from Holland, Sweden and other areas.
But the GM head Ed Whitacre expressed that none of the bidders has enough money to buy the factory, in other words, the money is so low that they would rather close it down.

Analysts think that GM is on the one hand concerning money and just think which way will cost the company less, but others also suspect that GM would rather close down Saab so that it will not have a competitor in the future.

60-year-old Saab model attracted a large group of senior engineers who are almost like club members and keen on the technique of Saab which was ranked as the safest car in the world.

In terms of safety, both Volvo and Saab are the best in the world, but some even think Saab is the best in safety.

According to local report that a new Saab 9-5 model has been designed but due to GM’s decision, it may never be released to the market production.
China has bought two types of relatively older Saab model 9-3 and Saab 9-5. But the rest, GM decided to close down.

It was reported that despite the news that GM will wind down, the factory in Trollhattan is still operating as normal, but workers are fed up with the uncertainty for the future.

They insist that GM should keep its promise to sell the company or the brand, but not just wipe the brand out.

Saab factory spokesperson Gunilla Gustavs said the plant is trying to operate with both possibilities in mind.

“We’re working on two parallel tracks, and obviously hope that we don’t need to use the track which leads to liquidation,” she said.
What’s the future of Saab remains uncertain.

By Xuefei Chen, People’s Daily Online reporter in Stockholm.

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