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Union treasurer to resign after party and sex-show revelations

Published torsdag 14 januari 2016 kl 17.38
"Among other things invited a porn star..."
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Chairwoman Annelie Nordström and Third Vice-Chairman and treasurer Anders Bergström. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The treasurer of Sweden's largest trade union association will resign after revelations about extravagant parties, free spa weekends, and the mismanagement of an unprofitable restaurant and conference center.

Third vice-chairman and treasurer Anders Bergström will leave his post at Kommunal (the Swedish Municipal Workers' Union), which repesents 515,000 members, many from municipal governments and county councils and even the Church. The announcement was made during a press conference this afternoon.

"I would do more harm than good for Kommunal," said Bergström at the press conference.

Daily tabloid Aftonbladet revealed this week that Kommunal, through a company called Lyran, operated a top-end tavern called Metropol Palais in Stockholm as well as an exclusive conference center in the Stockholm archipelago. Those operations had losses totalling SEK 320 million, and at the Metropol Palais there were reports of sexually explicit shows, including one to which porn star Puma Swede had been booked.

"You can discuss whether the restaurant section is an appropriate activity, but it is not acceptable to have those kinds of shows," said the union's chairwoman Annelie Nordström who also spoke at the press conference. "You can also say that too much alcohol has been drunk when entertaining and having parties."

After the revelations many voiced criticism that board members had taken free spa weekends at the conference center. Bergström also admitted that he had not been entirely truthful about how much alcohol was consumed during a trip to London.

His last order of business, he said, would be to dismiss the Lyran CEO Raffaello Di Schiena.

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