Tesla under pressure to boost wages to attract workers to German plant
World13:3721 June, 2022

n order to attract talent, Tesla has already begun offering new hires more pay

Tesla under pressure to boost wages to attract workers to German plant
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Electric carmaker Tesla is having to raise wages to attract employees to its new manufacturing plant outside Berlin, a top German union said, warning of a looming pay dispute among the workforce there, Qazet.az reports.

Recruitment at the company's so-called Gigafactory in Gruenheide, which began production in March 2022, is behind schedule, Birgit Dietze, a regional representative for IG Metall's branch for Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony, said in a statement.

"Tesla wants to have around 12,000 employees on board by the end of the year. In order to achieve this goal, the management will soon have to take the pay up a notch," Dietze said.

In order to attract talent, Tesla has already begun offering new hires more pay, which threatens to "damage industrial peace", according to Dietze, who said that the union had already received complaints about this.

The resulting pay gap, which is said to amount to almost 20% among skilled workers, will only grow with upcoming collective bargaining talks, IG Metall warned.

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