Tesla staff in Sweden have had reasons to fear for their safety as a result of the threats they received on social media. While IF Metall continues its strike, Tesla is making moves to protect its workers.
According to news outlet Jonkopings-Posten (JP) which called on Tesla in Hedenstorp, a company representative described the situation as sensitive, with Tesla staff being targeted on social media. The rep added that Tesla’s highest security is the safety of its workers.
While JP interacted with a rep, it was prevented from talking to the workers about IF Metall’s strike nor taking photos. Instead, it was pointed to a prepared statement for any clarification. (via Teslarati)
Just how many Tesla workers have joined the union strike is uncertain. According to Tesla, only about 10 percent of its workforce is affected. However, Tesla’s headcount covers all its workers in Sweden. But it is true that many Tesla workers refused to side with IF Metall.
On the other hand, IF Metall excludes Tesla workers who are white-collar or not within its contractual area. The body counts as members only about half of Tesla’s mechanics and admitted not all of its Tesla members joined the strike. Reasons given by the union for refraining include migration complications, workers being on probation, or the fear of retaliatory action from Tesla.
We reported last month that dock workers avoided unloading cargo belonging to Tesla at the Malmo port.