Tesla is threatening its american employees to lose their allowances to the unemployed if they do not return to work at the american factory that was reopened illegally.
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Two months ago, the government has forced many companies considered as non-essential to the proper functioning of the country to close in order to comply with the health measures. This is the case of the Tesla factory located in Fremont, California. Despite this decision, the american manufacturer has continued to rotate his plants a few days before the sheriff of the county of Alameda only reaffirms this decision.
It would seem that this decree does not like me at Elon Musk, an emblematic figure of Tesla, so that the contractor has repeatedly expressed on Twitter in calling on the government to ” free America now “.
FREE AMERICA NOW
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
The man spoke several times in favor of this positioning, thus agreeing with the views of several american pro-Trump who took part in protests calling for the déconfinement massif of the country.
As an air threat at Tesla ?
More recently, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would then reopen its plant, despite the health measures put in place on march 23. Once again, he has used Twitter to announce the news, adding to that : “ Tesla restarts production today against the rules of the county of Alameda […] Si someone is arrested, I request that it is only me “.
Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
If this reopening is illegal, the man has got the support of Donald Trump, who has also used the social network at the blue bird to declare : “California should leave and Elon Musk to reopen the factory, NOW. This can be done quickly and surely! “.
California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2020
In this particular context, and despite the illegality of the reopening of the factory, Tesla, Elon Musk would put pressure on its employees to return to work, failing which they could lose their allowances to the unemployed.
In an email to which The Guardian had access, Musk wrote : “If you do not feel comfortable to come to work, you can stay with you and will be on leave without pay. By choosing not to come to work, you may remove or reduce your right to unemployment according to the employment agency of your State “.
Several employees of Tesla are discussed anonymously with the daily English newspaper, stating for example : “They are trying intimidation tactics and threats, saying that if you don’t show up, there is more unemployment, […] Until the health officer of Alameda county, Dr. Erica Pan, to tell the contrary, I won’t be there “.
Another employee of Tesla, added : “They said that I will no longer be on leave and that I won’t be able to touch salary. But many of us have not cashed. In fact, I’ve started the quarantine a week before Tesla closes, and I have received nothing, except for the two weeks that Tesla has paid. But I am without a job since 13 march “.
It would seem that the authorities of the county does not plan to close the facility and that they would be in the process of reviewing a plan of re-opening legal.
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