Tesla hires Nordic expert to help win battle with union workers

Tesla wants to hire someone with a “proven track record of making regulatory changes in the Nordics” as the company continues to battle unions in several countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

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The industrial action, which began as a dispute between workers in Sweden, has since seen the company come under pressure from many nations in the region, with several trade unions joining forces to give Tesla their share of the headache.

As well as Tesla service workers walking out, the company has faced sympathy strikes from other industries, including dock workers who refused to handle their cars in Norway, Swedish postal workers who failed to deliver license plates and even refuse collectors who threatened to stop collections of Tesla stores.

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    Tesla hires Nordic expert to help win battle with union workers

Despite workers’ support seemingly snowballing, the US EV maker seems unwilling to back down from the fight. So much so that the report from Business Insider reports that Tesla is now looking to its own internal resources to help navigate regional political, regulatory and fiscal frameworks. Nordic Problem Solver (or “Public Policy and Business Development Manager, Nordics” if you go by the official opening posted on Tesla career page) are expected to bring with them a “proven track record of implementing regulatory change in the Nordics”.

But winning this battle may require more than just a new recruit. The problem began in late October when IF Metall, a Swedish trade union, announced his departure. This was after Tesla refused to sign a collective bargaining agreement for its 120 employees. Unlike many other countries, Sweden does not have a minimum wage, and many companies and unions use such collective agreements to ensure fair compensation. Although collective agreements are a matter of course in Sweden, Tesla says it is against their practices.

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    Tesla hires Nordic expert to help win battle with union workers

And while Sweden might be considered a relatively small market for Elon Musk’s company, signing such a collective agreement could set a precedent for other nations and unions to follow. Likewise, if Swedish workers backed down, it could give other companies leverage to avoid such deals in the future.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the industrial action against the company “crazy” in a post on his social media platform X. But Tesla is not the first American company to run into problems with collective bargaining practices in Sweden. Business Insider reports that in the 1990s, Toys R Us employees walked out when the company refused to do the same. The strike lasted for three months and the toy retailer finally gave in to the demands of the labor unions.

Who do you think will fall first in this case?