The factory of US-Elektroautobauer Tesla in Grünheide near Berlin has faced criticism from the IG Metall union over its efforts to delay a works council election that was set for March. The union claims that there is time pressure on the workforce and is campaigning for a new date for the election. However, the electoral board has rejected these allegations, stating that they are bound by legal requirements for the timing of the election.
In February 2023, Tesla was forced to halt car production due to a supply chain disruption caused by attacks by Yemeni Houthi militia on ships in the Red Sea. This break in production lasted until Sunday (February 11th), creating pressure on the workforce. According to IG Metall, this put at risk equal opportunities for candidates in nominations.
The works council election at Tesla in Grünheide is scheduled for March 18th to 20th. The electoral board denies any violation of fair and democratic principles and expresses surprise and disagreement with the allegations made by IG Metall. The factory in Grünheide opened in March 2022 and currently employs around 12,500 workers. This marks Tesla’s second works council election in Grünheide, which was necessary due to an increase in staff size.