Union IF Metal appeals to US President Barack Obama and asks him to use his influence in General Motors. IF Metall wants to do everything possible to enable Saab and the new owners to start production in Trollhättan.
The previous owner GM is blocking any issue of licenses for the 9-5 and 9-4x series. IF Metall sees the initiative as an opportunity to change American attitudes. "Saab has been producing cars for a niche since 1949 and Saab will never be a threat to General Motors," said an excerpt from the letter to the president.
4500 car dealers in Sweden deserve a chance, says IF Metall. That's right, but it's just a wish and the chances of fulfilling it are bad. For days, GM and Opel have been haunting the press, and Americans want to rebuild their German daughter in the most brutal way possible.
What is left of Opel then is questionable. Probably only the main plant in Rüsselsheim and the favorable foreign works. The new Opel Zafira and the new Opel Combo are to be developed and built by the PSA Group, for which the Opel headquarters is to manufacture the successor to the Citroen C5.
A development that is also bad for the legendary brand with the double angle. Big Citroen no longer from France but from Germany. What an idea.
The mere write-down of 600 million € on goodwill shows that Detroit has lost all confidence in the future of Hessen. That the Americans will not wait much longer today shows a report of the Mirrors, Opel is thus once again in the downward spiral. The sales figures are lousy and Detroit's permanent blaze will further reinforce this trend.
The brand and the workers did not deserve this. But who asks.
Back to IF Metal. The initiative is honorable but with no hope of success. Why should GM or Barack Obama soften for 4.500 workers and employees in Sweden if they want to destroy some 1000 jobs in the rest of Europe at the same time?
Sweden Radio PV4 Väst has getwitter to the US President and wants to know if he will respond to the letter. He will? We will see.