Kommunal union leaders held responsible for restaurant losses
A major union lost SEK 100 million from its restaurant business, and now representatives have voted to hold the leadership personally responsible.
The Kommunal union, which claims half a million members, was hit by scandals last winter, related to its restaurant in central Stockholm.
The internal auditor had recommended that the union leaders not be voted the customary freedom from personal liability, and the congress representatives today followed this guidance.
General secretary Annelie Nordström had already announced she would be stepping down at this congress. Her fellow board member Marcelo Rojas and former board member Cecilia Rohdin were also denied freedom from liability.
This means the new union leadership will have to consider whether to take the old leaders to court. It will have to make the decision within a year.
Congress representative Krister Johansson from Norrbotten says to Swedish Radio that it feels good to get things cleaned up, and he thinks the congress breathes optimism.