In Germany, Tesla employees are fed up. Around 1,000 workers at the Berlin Gigafactory have decided to join a powerful auto industry union, IG Metall. They seek better working conditions.
1,000 Tesla workers joined IG Metall
While the spotlight is on the strike raging in the United States with the mobilization of the UAW (United Auto Workers), another union movement is gaining momentum in Europe. If across the Atlantic only Ford, General Motors and Stellantis are currently concerned, in Germany it is at Tesla that workers are fighting back. According to ReutersIG Metall, a powerful union in the automobile industry, is gaining ground within the Berlin Gigafactory.
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More than 1,000 workers have already joined the movement. In the United States, Tesla had succeeded in repelling unionization initiatives in its factories through layoffs. But inside the giant factory a few kilometers from the German capital, it’s a different story. Tesla had already encountered a first unionization movement in 2017 in Germany, at Grohmann, a specialist in automated manufacturing systems that it had bought.
« Together for safe and fair work »
Tesla had given an across-the-board raise and offered stock options to its employees. In 2021, the German union set up a workers’ committee to recruit members at the American manufacturer. Today, IG Metall assures that “ more than 1,000 Tesla workers » joined the movement. A first campaign has even already been carried out within the Gigafactory. The trade unionists display a sticker with the following slogan: “ Together for safe and fair work at Tesla ».
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This action by IG Metall has nothing to do with the strike taking place in the United States. It follows a German media report of a “ statistically high number of workplace accidents within the Tesla factory “. For trade unionists, two obvious reasons can explain this phenomenon: poor general conditions for employees and work overload. Several hundred work accidents have been reported in recent months at the German Gigafactory.
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