1937: The “pork-chop brigade”

1937: The “pork-chop brigade”

After the depression, Scania-Vabis continues to grow each year. In 1937, the company has 618 employees – one tenth of them white-collar. The skilled workers at Scania-Vabis become the “cream” of Swedish engineering industry workers. Turnover is nearly non-existent and it is rare for people to quit. Also contributing to the low turnover is favourable wage growth.

Scania-Vabis workers are among the highest-paid in Sweden during the 1930s. They are something of a working class elite in Södertälje and widely referred to as the “Vabis pork-chop brigade”.