Tesla’s factory in Grünheide near Berlin is facing criticism from the IG Metall union for trying to stop the works council election in March. The union claims that there is time pressure for the workforce and is campaigning for a new date for the election. However, the electoral board has rejected these allegations, saying that they are bound by the requirements of the time frame for the election as set by law.
In February 2023, Tesla had to take a forced break in car production due to a gap in the supply chain for components as a result of attacks by Yemeni Houthi militia on ships in the Red Sea. This caused a break in production up to and including Sunday (February 11th), creating time pressure for the workforce. According to IG Metall, this has put equal opportunities at risk for candidates being nominated.
The works council election at Tesla’s factory in Grünheide is scheduled for March 18th to 20th. The electoral board denies violating any principles of fair and democratic elections, expressing surprise and disagreement with these allegations. The factory opened in March 2022 and currently has around 12,500 employees, making it the second works council election at Tesla’s location.