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Dissatisfaction Brewing at Tesla Plant in Germany – Der Spiegel

The mood among workers at the Tesla plant in Germany has deteriorated because some newly hired workers are getting better pay than older employees, a trade union official has told Der Spiegel


The mood among workers at the Tesla plant in Germany has deteriorated because some newly hired workers are getting better pay than older employees, a trade union official has told Der Spiegel.
Elon Musk and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attend the opening of the Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Grunheide, on March 22, 2022. At least 4,500 workers are believed to have been hired to work at the factory so far, and further expansion is said to be planned in the future. Photo: Patrick Pleul, pool via Reuters.

 

The mood among workers at the Tesla plant in Grunheide, near Berlin in Germany, has shifted because of unequal wages and dissatisfaction is spreading, according to a report by Der Spiegel, which cited a union official, who said new hires were getting better pay than older employees because it was harder to find skilled workers.

“We are hearing more and more often about people leaving Tesla and going back to their old employers,” Birgit Dietze, a representative of the IG Metall union in the region, was quoted as saying, while adding that emails from Tesla chief Elon Musk railing against people working from home and his abrupt announcement of job cuts had not helped the atmosphere among workers.

Read the full report: Der Spiegel.

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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