SAAB Announces Staff Cuts

500 employees have been given notice at the Saab automobile plant in the small central Swedish town of Trollhätten.

The American giant General Motors which owns the plant has announced plans to slice 12,000 jobs at its European plants – but details of where the ax will fall won’t be made public next year.

Meanwhile, a metal workers union members in the region are expressing anger over the news that their now-resigned steering committee have for years been spending huge sums of union money on alcohol-drenched visits to resturants, strip tease clubs and even on sex toys.

Speaking on Swedish Radio news, one angry member said the worst thing was that union dues were used to buy dildos.

This local union is the largest in the nationwide federation - because of the 6,300 working at the car factory - and has long been living under the threat of new cutbacks.

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