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Are American auto factory workers asking for too much with their strike action? This is what Elon Musk obviously believes. The boss of Tesla Motors did not fail to make this known on his social network, X (formerly Twitter).
In a response to a tweet evoking (with visible disagreement) Joe Biden’s support for striking workers, the South African criticized the workers’ posture and their demands. He simply judges that they could lead the groups concerned, namely General Motors (GM), Stellantis and Ford, to bankruptcy:
“They want a 40% wage increase and 32-hour work weeks. The surest way to drive General Motors, Ford and Chrysler into bankruptcy.”
They want a 40% pay raise *and* a 32 hour workweek. Sure way to drive GM, Ford and Chrysler bankrupt in the fast lane.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2023
No union at Tesla
A position which has the merit of being clear and which reflects what is done in particular at Tesla. Elon Musk does not want his employees to join large union groups in the United States. The idea is the same in Germany, with the Berlin factory in particular.
The fact remains that the company’s employees complain of difficult working conditions and a sustained pace. So much so that the situation would be difficult in Germany. The factory should even have reduced its production rate. The fault is a lack of manpower.
It remains to be seen whether the situation of unionized employees of other groups currently on strike in the United States will spread to those of Tesla, with a new strike. Remember that in the USA, factories in the three groups mentioned above are in difficulty with workers on strike.
Employees are demanding better salaries in particular. If the situation seems to be easing slightly on the side of Stellantis, it has strengthened with the arrival of 7,000 new strikers in the factories of the two other groups very recently.
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To sum up
Elon Musk is clearly not on the same side as the American auto workers currently on strike. He judges that their demands could simply drive Stellantis, General Motors and Ford into bankruptcy.
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