Tesla may have picked an unwinnable fight with Sweden’s powerful unions | Martin Gelin
The first ever strikes and a solidarity blockade against the US carmaker could force it to rethink its entire anti-union model
For the first time anywhere in the world, workers for the US carmaker Tesla have gone on strike. It’s not a coincidence that this strike is happening in Sweden, which has one of the strongest labour movements in Europe. More than 90% of workers are protected by collective bargaining agreements, and the system has strong backing among employees and employers alike. With good reason: the Swedish labour relations model has sustained relative industrial peace between wage-earners and corporations for decades.
By refusing to play ball, Elon Musk’s car giant may have picked an unwinnable fight. What started as a minor local disagreement has grown to the point that it could have global implications, with potential ripple effects for labour movements and auto workers across Europe and the US.
Martin Gelin writes for the Swedish newspaper Dagens NyheterContinue reading...
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