Grünheide. A two-week break in production at the Tesla plant in
Model Y electric vehicles stand in line for the opening of the Tesla factory in Brandenburg, Berlin. Around four months after the start, the Tesla car factory in Brandenburg is going into a two-week break in production.
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Right at the beginning Tesla put a production break at its plant in Grünheide. The workforce is dissatisfied.
Grünheide (dpa/bb). Almost four months after the start, the Tesla car factory in Brandenburg is going into a two-week break in production on Monday. This had long been announced for the employees, said IG Metall on Friday on request. Such holidays are not uncommon.
Union spokesman Marcus Sievers nevertheless reported dissatisfaction among the employees, despite the six percent salary increase announced by Tesla. The background is that new employees now get more money than new employees a few months ago. This in turn is due to the increasing problems in the search for skilled workers.
Production still under construction
In March, Tesla boss Elon Musk officially opened the only European factory in Grünheide near Berlin. The company wants to produce 500,000 electric cars a year with 12,000 employees. But production is still under construction. Musk recently confirmed that 1,000 cars are being built per week. According to dpa information, there should be 5,000 by the first quarter of 2023. The two-week break in production should be used for maintenance work in the plant, it said. The plant currently has around 5,000 employees.
Tesla announced a 6 percent increase in its employees’ wages in August. The aim is to gain employees despite the shortage of skilled workers, said IG Metall spokesman Seavers. But he criticized: “Even with this growth, Tesla remains well below the wage level of the metal and electrical industry.” The increase at Tesla applies to all employees in production.
However, some employees were hired on different terms because recruitment was becoming increasingly difficult, the union spokesman said. Nothing changes in these differences. “The IG Metallurgists, who operate out of the workforce, tell us there is still a lot of dissatisfaction among employees,” Seavers said.
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