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Conflict Arises Over Works Council Elections at Tesla in Germany


Feb 10, 2024

The factory of US-Elektroautobauer Tesla in Grünheide near Berlin is facing criticism over an attempt by the IG Metall union to initially stop the works council election in March due to time pressure for the workforce. The electoral board rejected allegations in an email to employees, stating that the time frame for the election is set by law and they are bound by these requirements.

The union had submitted an application for an interim injunction to initially stop the second works council election, citing time pressure due to a gap in the supply chain for components as a result of attacks by the Yemeni Houthi militia on ships in the Red Sea. The union sees equal opportunities in the nomination of candidates at risk, as employees would only have until February 15th to create an election proposal, recruit candidates, and collect signatures after returning to their jobs.

It is the second works council election at Tesla in Grünheide, which is necessary if the workforce doubles. In the case of Tesla, it has increased fivefold, necessitating a new election.

Such a committee takes care of the preparation and implementation of the works council election, consisting of employees entitled to vote. The factory in Grünheide opened in March 2022 and, according to the company, currently has around 12,500 employees. The company has not yet commented on IG Metall’s criticism.

By Editor

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