Electric car company: Tesla announces job cuts

As of: 06/21/2022 4:53 p.m

The US electric car company Tesla has announced plans to cut thousands of jobs worldwide. At the same time, the manufacturer is apparently looking for staff for its German plant because the payment offered is not enough for many interested parties.

Tesla plans to cut thousands of jobs worldwide in the next three months. It’s about ten percent of wage-earning employees, which corresponds to 3.5 percent of the total workforce – so there aren’t that many, said Tesla boss Elon Musk in a video interview at the Qatar Economic Forum conference. At the end of 2021, the US group employed around 100,000 people worldwide, which would affect more than 3,000 people.

Musk explained in connection with the job cuts that he believes a recession is possible in the near future. “It’s not certain, but it seems more likely.” In the past few weeks, reporting on an internal email from Musk that had become public gave the impression that he wanted to cut ten percent of all Tesla jobs, citing the weak economy.

The job cuts that have apparently already begun in the USA are already causing trouble. In Texas, Tesla is under suspicion of mass layoffs without notice.

Grünheide has too few staff

At the same time, it remains unclear to what extent the German plant in Grünheide, Brandenburg, is affected by Musk’s plans. Jobs are currently being created there.

At the weekend, the IG Metall trade union pointed out that the workforce in Grünheide was increasingly dissatisfied with wages that were too low and unequal. That is why the recruitment of new employees is not progressing as quickly as planned. “Tesla wants to have around 12,000 employees on board by the end of the year. In order to achieve this goal, the management will soon have to step up their pay,” said Birgit Dietze, head of the IG Metall district of Berlin-Brandenburg-Saxony. Currently supposed to be loud rbb information Around 4,500 people will be employed in the first European plant of the US electric car manufacturer.

Different pay

According to the union, the pay is up to 20 percent lower than the standard wages at competing automakers in the region. In the meantime, the Tesla factory management has started to offer more pay for new hires than for previous appointments.

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