Elon Musk tells Tesla to stop hiring and suggests 10% job cuts

After already attracting attention last week after telling employees they had to go back to the office or be fired, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is making headlines again. He is now said to have told leaders to “suspend all hiring worldwideand also suggested a ten percent reduction in Tesla’s current workforce.

Musk has been expressing concern about a possible recession for some time, noting that he has a “super bad feeling” about the current economic conditions. He is the first automotive CEO to express concern on such an extreme level, but his email did not elaborate on his concerns.

If ten percent of Tesla’s workforce is laid off, that would amount to about 10,000 affected employees worldwide. While workers in the United States are undoubtedly unhappy with the announcement, many employees of the automaker in Germany and the country’s largest metalworkers’ union, IG Metall, vehemently oppose possible relocation.

One of IG Metall’s leaders, Birgit Dietze, made a strong statement of opposition, answering the question with: “Anyone who disagrees with such one-sided demands and wants to oppose them has the union power behind him in Germany, as by law.

Despite the potential reshuffling of the workforce and ongoing issues with factory closures in China, Reuters reported that Tesla sales remain strong and the automaker hasn’t had to start offering things like dealer and customer incentives.


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