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2023.11.28 01:17
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Deadlock! The "battle" between Tesla and Swedish labor unions continues.

According to local media reports, a Swedish court ruled on Monday that the country's transportation authority must find a way to issue license plates to Tesla, which were unable to be transported due to a postal strike. This represents a partial victory for Tesla in its battle with Swedish unions. On November 20th, the Swedish state-owned postal company, PostNord, joined in a collective strike against Tesla by workers from various industries in Sweden. The postal workers' union ceased providing mail and package services to Tesla at all addresses in Sweden, while the transportation authority refused to use alternative methods to deliver license plates, stating that they were contractually obligated to use PostNord. Tesla subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Swedish transportation authority and PostNord in the Norrkoping District Court in Sweden. Within a few hours, the court issued a judgment requiring the transportation authority to hand over the license plates to Tesla within seven days, or face a penalty of 1 million Swedish kronor (approximately 9.

According to local media reports, a Swedish court ruled on Monday that the country's transportation authority must find a way to issue license plates to Tesla, which were unable to be transported due to a postal strike. This represents a partial victory for Tesla in its battle with Swedish unions.

On November 20th, the Swedish state-owned postal company, PostNord, joined a collective strike against Tesla by workers from various industries in Sweden. The postal workers' union ceased providing mail and package services to Tesla at all addresses in Sweden, while the transportation authority refused to use alternative methods to deliver license plates, stating that they were contractually obligated to use PostNord.

Tesla subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Swedish transportation authority and PostNord in the Norrkoping District Court in Sweden. Within a few hours, the court issued a judgment requiring the transportation authority to hand over the license plates to Tesla within seven days, or face a fine of 1 million Swedish kronor (approximately $95,000).

This ruling represents a partial victory for Tesla in its struggle against Swedish labor unions.

Just last month, the workers' union IF Metall, representing Swedish mechanics, initiated a strike against Tesla due to the company's refusal to engage in collective bargaining. The strike escalated from a partial strike to a collective boycott by unions across the industry, including dock workers, electricians, and janitors. Dock workers refused to load and unload Tesla vehicles at Swedish ports, resulting in a mountain of garbage at Tesla's supercharging stations and a halt in electricity-related work. Tesla's operations in Sweden were essentially paralyzed.

As a highly developed welfare state, Sweden grants extensive rights to labor unions. According to the law, unions in one industry can take joint action with unions in other industries.

Tesla has always strongly opposed unions and remains uncompromising in Sweden. Just a few days ago, Tesla referred to the strike actions in Sweden as "crazy." Previously, Kurt Eriksson, a mediator representing Tesla, told the media that the Tesla Sweden subsidiary had "zero room for maneuver" in signing an agreement with the union, emphasizing that this was a "direct order from Tesla."

The reason is simple: if Tesla ultimately agrees to sign a collective contract with Swedish unions, it could have a chain reaction in Germany and the United States.

Tesla has previously stated that the treatment of its Swedish employees is as good as, if not better than, what IF Metall demands. However, IF Metall insists that all companies must sign collective agreements and adhere to the practices of the Swedish labor market.