The US manufacturer’s cars are no longer unloaded in the ports and the showrooms are not cleaned. Tesla is also struggling with the union in Germany, where there is no collective agreement at the Grünheide plant in Brandenburg either. IG Metall identifies “an extreme workload” and “serious deficiencies” in safety. Tesla is also trying to hinder union organization.
In Sweden, workers from various sectors have come together to boycott Tesla. The US manufacturer’s electric cars are therefore no longer unloaded in Swedish ports, charging stations are not repaired, the showrooms are not cleaned – according to reports, the US company no longer even receives its mail in Sweden. Behind this is not just a simple wage conflict, but a fight over basic principles: Tesla refuses collective agreements, which in Sweden cover 90 percent of employees and are considered a cornerstone. When mechanics went on strike to force the conclusion of a collective agreement, the company is said to have tried to fly in strikebreakers from other countries; the union responded by spreading the conflict to other industries.
This conflict is reminiscent of the one with the US toy company Toys “R” Us, which expanded to Sweden in 1995 and also refused to conclude a collective agreement. After three months of industrial action in which commercial employees and other unions took part, the company gave in and signed the collective agreement.
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