Saab starts the new year well. Since Wednesday last week, the number of “collective stalls” at the Trollhättan plant has grown by 26 out of 258. This was announced by the union IF Metall in a press release. Saab is the second largest employer for IF Metall members in the Norra Älvsborg district. Only GKN Driveline, formerly Volvo Aero, employs more workers in the immediate vicinity of the Saab plant.
NEVS has grown rapidly, says union man Håkan Skött. And NEVS keeps growing. In the second half of February, there will already be 320 workers in the factory. After all, that would be between 20 and 25% of the former workforce in the manufacturing area. NEVS Saab is also the second largest employer for union union engineers, but so far these are not organized in a separate union group.
We know Håkan Skött as a Saab veteran and liaison officer for IF Metall at Saab Automobile AB, who was always ready to fight for the interests of the employees and the brand. Now, employed by the union, he is the link between NEVS and IF Metall. His relationship with the plant and the new owners is close, he was one of the VIP guests at the start of production in December 2013.
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However, he is currently changing professionally, his time with Saab is probably coming to an end. From the ranks of the IF Metall members in the plant, a new liaison officer is to come who is currently being sought. A trade union group, called “Klubb” in Sweden, will soon be created at NEVS. Even if the union has not made any progress so far, as you openly admit.
NEVS will have created around 700 jobs in Trollhättan with external employees by the end of February. This is more than some critics - who assumed a few 100 jobs - predicted in the past. The growth will continue, and maybe the 1.000 mark will be crossed in a few months. While the employee parking spaces at the factory are getting fuller, the number of vehicles produced is still in a strange disproportion.
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So that no illusions arise: In the stablebacka one is still in a build-up phase, which consumes a lot of capital month after month. The NEVS build-up program seems more ambitious than we thought it would. How long does it take to successfully establish a brand in the market? In the car industry one starts from 10 years. At Audi, the successful premium prototype from Ingolstadt, it even took 15 years. That requires a long breath.