Swedish Ports Threaten to Block Teslas From Entering the Country
Unions claim Tesla is failing to play by their labor rules
Dock workers in Sweden are threatening to block deliveries of new Teslas entering the country, in the most serious labor dispute the company has faced in Europe to date.
Teslas arrive into Sweden via four ports, Malmö, Gothenburg, Trelleborg and Södertälje, according to the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union, which represents 57,000 workers in the transport industry and has threatened the blockade. It's planned to start on Nov. 7, and if it goes ahead, "no Teslas will be able to enter Sweden," said union chairman Tommy Wreeth.
Workers at the port do not work directly for Tesla. The union's members are threatening the blockade in support of workers at Tesla's Swedish repair shops, who do work for Tesla and who have been on strike since last Friday. They walked off the job to protest the company's refusal to sign a collective agreement with IF Metall, the union that represents them.
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