Last Thursday a Tesla employee, Joe Moran, apparently working at the California assembly facility took to Medium.com to voice his complaint. While he did say that he was proud to be part of a company bringing green cars to the masses he voiced concern about the long hours, difficult working conditions and lower than average pay.
In response to Moran’s post a Tesla spokesperson released a statement saying, “As California’s largest manufacturing employer and a company that has created thousands of quality jobs here in the Bay Area, this is not the first time we have been the target of a professional union organizing effort such as this. The safety and job satisfaction of our employees here at Tesla has always been extremely important to us. We have a long history of engaging directly with our employees on the issues that matter to them, and we will continue to do so because it’s the right thing to do.”
Tesla have stated that they are responding to employee concerns and have a pay rise planned for November.
Telso CEO, Elon Musk, has spoken with gizmodo and refuted most of Moran’s claims. Musk says that Telsa offer a higher starting pay than those in the UAW union. He also made claims that Moran was paid by the Union to find a job at Tesla and then complain about working conditions in order to force Tesla to join the union. “Frankly, I find this attack to be morally outrageous. Tesla is the last car company left in California, because costs are so high. The UAW killed NUMMI and abandoned the workers at our Fremont plant in 2010. They have no leg to stand on.”
Tesla is getting ready for the launch of the Model 3 in March. The Model 3 will be the most affordable electric car from Tesla and has a range of 345 km per charge. The Model 3 can be reserved now for delivery in mid to late 2018.
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