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Employees exposed the unsafe environment of Tesla Fremont factory and called it "modern sweatshop"

via:网易科技     time:2020/5/23 14:40:36     readed:280

Netease science and technology news on May 23, the San Francisco Bay area media, the San Francisco weekly, recently published a report that Tesla's Fremont plant in San Francisco Bay area, California, suffered from poor health, safety, epidemic prevention and working conditions, and was criticized by employees, who called it "modern sweatshop".

"Modern sweatshop"

"It's a matter of life and death," said a worker at Tesla's Fremont plant Another worker who refused to return to work said, "this is a modern sweatshop." Similar jarring words have been voiced by factory employees who are not unionized, who have helped Tesla's manufacturing business lead to significant success.

Given that Tesla did not implement safe social distance precautions well, the factory worker Carlos Gabriel (Carlos Gabriel) was reluctant to return to his job. "There's really no room ," Gabriel said ." It's a factory where air circulates inside. People are basically breathing in each other.

Last week, another employee confirmed to the media what the San Francisco Weekly reported. "We are only a few inches from each other," the employee said. It seems that they haven't made any changes to the production line. On the production line, we work together and touch the same equipment. When we entered, they gave us a mask and took our temperature. The bathroom is not clean and the space is small. I really don't feel safe. "

The employee also told the media ," the union has been trying to intervene for many years, but ultimately failed ." Everyone knows tesla ceo "elon musk is not allowed to do this ," he said. Among the major U.S. automakers, Tesla is the only company that has employees who don't join a union, San Francisco Weekly said.

In March, another employee who did not want to be identified disclosed to the media about the official closure of Tesla's factory. "I went to work this morning. We are still in full production. They don't seem to be reducing the workforce. When we went to the production line, they gave us a mask and measured our temperature. They didn't implement safe social distance precautions. "

Musk praised the workers

Musk sent a text message to his employees on May 12 thanking them for returning to work at the factory.

He wrote, "just wanted to send you a thank-you note for your hard work and for Tesla's success. It's cool to see the factory go back to work and you're making it happen! "

"It's a great honor to devote a hard day to producing products or providing services to others. I have more respect for people who are proud of doing their job well than for the rich or famous who have no use for it, no matter what kind of career they are engaged in. "

In response, some employees expressed support for Musk's move, which was one of the forces resisting the anti epidemic blockade and advocating that the plant remain operational. These workers tend to return to work, which is what musk and President trump said. San Francisco Weekly reported that some employees "took off their masks" for breathing convenience after working on the production line for several hours.

Tesla has been calling more employees to come back to work. The company also warned that employees who did not return to work could lose unemployment benefits.

On May 12, Alameda County, California, where Tesla's Fremont plant is located, held a meeting with Tesla's management to develop a set of epidemic prevention safety guidelines for new coronavirus pandemics in specific locations. According to the guideline, Tesla implements the epidemic prevention measures such as rest room, employee temperature test, and the employees of the factory need to implement the social distance epidemic prevention measures.

Subsequently, Tesla human resources department issued a notice to the employees, saying, "we are fully prepared to return to work safely, and will fully comply with all the government's epidemic prevention measures and the safety measures required by Alameda County."

Inconsistent words and deeds

But the San Francisco Weekly reported that workers said the measures outlined in Tesla's human resources memo and resume manual "have not been consistently implemented at the factory in trasfremont.".

By Thursday, employees said, the 20 minute shift interval had been shortened to 10 minutes. The number of employees participating in the shift is more than 1000, and some shifts start at 5 a.m.

Art, a 61 year old assembly line worker, said he and his colleagues worked "shoulder to shoulder," less than six feet away.

Police in Fremont, Alameda County, have held several press briefings to release the local implementation of social distance epidemic prevention measures. But a police spokesman said, "we simply did not have the ability to check the implementation of anti epidemic measures in every enterprise in Fremont last year, because there are thousands of enterprises here."

Tesla Fremont factory worker Carlos Gabriel told San Francisco Weekly that he thought Musk had been considering moving the plant out of the Gulf for months. The 10,000-strong factory, he says, is one of the few companies in the san francisco bay area that can offer a lot of blue-collar jobs, but tesla management does not see itself as part of the community.

"For Tesla, we're disposable," Gabriel said (Tianmen Mountain)

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