February 22, 2024

Tesla doesn’t produce automobiles in Sweden, however operates a number of amenities the place the automobiles are serviced. In response to Mobility Sweden, an trade group, the Tesla Mannequin Y is the best-selling new automobile in Sweden this yr, with greater than 14,000 registrations by October.

In the beginning of the mechanics’ strike, a Tesla consultant informed Swedish media that the corporate was following the nation’s labor legal guidelines and had determined towards signing a collective settlement. The corporate stated it could do the whole lot it may to keep up its operations.

The Swedish Transport Employees’ Union, whose members work at Swedish ports, stated in an announcement: “It’s each vital and self-evident that we assist advocate for the collective settlement and the Swedish labor market mannequin.”

In late October, IF Metall, which represents 300,000 staff in Sweden, together with some Tesla mechanics, stated talks with firm representatives had ended inconclusively. The union started strike motion at Tesla’s 12 service facilities on October 27.

Beginning November 7, port staff initially refused to unload Teslas at 4 main Swedish ports, increasing to 55 ports on Friday.

Unions representing cleaners additionally refused to serve Tesla amenities, and the postal staff union prevented deliveries from reaching the corporate’s areas.

Each IF Metall and the Transport Employees’ Union have acknowledged that Tesla discovered methods to bypass the strikes. Tesla apparently employed different mechanics to workers its amenities and introduced new automobiles to Sweden by truck, it stated.

The strike effort was additionally hampered by some union members who work for Tesla who refused to hitch, Swedish media reported.

In Germany, the place Tesla produces the Mannequin Y in a gigafactory outdoors Berlin, union leaders are attempting to prepare the roughly 11,500 staff who work there. Tesla’s management didn’t work with the German car union IG Metall. Final month, a number of hundred staff wore union stickers demanding “secure and truthful work.”

Dirk Schulze, district supervisor of IG Metall in Brandenburg, the place Tesla has its manufacturing facility, has expressed solidarity with hanging staff in Sweden. The strike in Sweden gave staff in Germany “the braveness and self-confidence to prepare right into a union and take their destiny into their very own fingers,” Schulze stated in an announcement.

The union has not introduced any additional measures.

This week IF Metall stated 50 of its members at Hydro Extrusions, an organization that makes aluminum elements for Tesla, would give up their jobs subsequent Friday.