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Union Boss

Lundby-Wedin Faces Angry Members

Published tisdag 7 april 2009 kl 19.44

General Secretary of the blue-collar Swedish Trades Union Congress, Wanja Lundby-Wedin, faced angry members Tuesday when she met with builders and metal workers in Stockholm, after deciding not to quit late Monday.

Lundby-Wedin has been hit by revelations that the former CEO of a pension fund himself got a huge pension when he retired. Lundby-Wedin, who has criticised fat cat bonuses, was on the fund’s board and claims she was unaware of the deal. There have been calls for her resignation, but following a long meeting Monday it was announced she would stay.

But feelings among union members are heated, at the meeting Tuesday builders called the union boss ”immoral”, and claimed they wouldn’t even buy a used car from her, and wondered how the Social Democrats and the labour movement will be able to fight the next election with Wanja Lundby-Wedin still in place.

Lundby-Wedin hit back by saying that she hadn’t gone against her principles, and apologised that the organisation has been shown in a bad light in the media. (kb)

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