SWEDEN: IF Metall asks Barack Obama for Saab licence help
Main Saab blue collar union, IF Metall, has taken the extraordinary step of writing directly to US president Barack Obama in a bid to put pressure on former owner, General Motors, to make its licences available.
The licence issue is continuing to take centre stage as GM is reluctant to allow them to be transfered to a potential competitor - particularly given its relationship with Chinese automaker, SAIC.
However, with unemployment levels in Saab's Swedish home town of Trollhattan soaring to 40%, IF Metall has taken the decision to write to the president as the American taxpayer still owns part of General Motors.
"We asked Mr Obama to talk to GM to let the licences free [for] a new buyer of Saab," IF Metall Trollhattan plant chairman Hakan Scott told just-auto from Sweden. "We have not had any answer yet.
"It is a chance we take and hopefully we will get some answer back and we hope that answer will be positive. The government has ownership in GM and we hope we will have some kind of influence."
IF Metall legal adviser Darko Davidovic told just-auto the Trollhattan division of the union "didn't have any option" but to write to the US president following a meeting of the labour body.
"They decided 'let's give it a shot' and at least somebody will see it and try maybe to understand the situation," Davidovic told just-auto. "They sent it yesterday [14 May] so I don't think Obama is just waiting for a quick answer."
Saab's receivers in Gothenburg have yet to make any decision as to which of a reported three buyers will succeed in taking over the bankrupt automaker but IF Metall said state guarantee money to Saab's near-4,000 employees is fast running out.
"People are getting frightened because they have to do something before June," said Davidovic.
A final list of world premiere concepts and production models which appeared at the North American International Auto Show's media preview days....
At least 30,000 demonstrators - including bus-loads from those formerly made redundant at General Motors' Opel plant at Antwerp - are expected at this Sunday's (11 November) huge demonstration in Genk...
Australian union, AMWU, is urging Ford and Holden to make a long term commitment to local parts suppliers after 400 members at Autodom returned to work this week....
Grupo Antolin and NHK Spring's Thai unit are establishing a joint venture (JV) in Thailand to manufacture automotive headliners. The new company will be based in Bangkok and will be named NHK Antolin ...
Tata Motors is planning to introduce 31 new vehicles by the first half of the next fiscal year which starts on 1 April 2013....
- VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Maserati Ghibli diesel
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting...
- COMMENT: US JLR plant likely to get a warm welcome
- ANALYSIS: Q1-Q3 ASEAN sales down 11%
- INTERVIEW: Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich
- SAO PAULO SHOW: World premieres
- Protests grow against VW recall action in China
- Audi reportedly scraps A6 Hybrid
- LA DEBUTS: Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series
- Under new Ford CEO, new life beckons for Lincoln
- Global light vehicle OE exhaust & emissions aftertreatment systems - forecasts to 2029
- Jaguar Land Rover: Providing remarkable growth throughout the economic downturn
- Global Automotive Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Systems Market 2014-2018
- Ford Motor Company - Strategy and SWOT Report
- Global CNG Vehicles Market 2014-2018