Tesla-Grünheide: Stop production for two weeks, then work at “hell speed”

Tesla-Grünheide: Stop production for two weeks, then work at “hell speed”


It has been less than four months since Tesla’s new electric car factory opened happily in Grünheide, Brandenburg. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Economy Minister Robert Habeck enthusiastically celebrated Tesla founder Elon Musk for his “bold corporate culture”.

Tesla Giga Factory near Berlin (since October 2021) [Photo by Albrecht Köhler / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0]

On Monday, Tesla announced the cessation of production which is due to start on July 11 and last for two weeks. Currently about 5,000 car workers, this means forced vacation and fear of what kind it will take. Tesla simply announced that such breaks were part of a “rehabilitation phase” to “improve and correct” processes.

In an interview in late May, Elon Musk described the plants in Grünheide and Texas as “big money burners” that would cost him billions. The output is very low, the cost is very high and there are supply problems. He worries that factories do not break down, how to continue to pay workers. With this obvious threat to workers, plants in Texas and Grünheide are currently being reduced to high-level exploitation.

By record: Elon Musk, who appears to be the first trillionaire in the world to give 44 billion to Twitter to pass, now plays poor and complains that his two new gigafactories are not making a profit from the first day of the throw.

The richest man in the world produces expensive Tesla electric cars in five world industries for just one purpose: high-profit skimming. And that can only be achieved through the exploitation of a high level of labor force. Elon Musk also explains this clearly, describing the increase in production, as is currently the case in Grünheide, as a “hell of production”.

According to Musk’s plans, Model Y 500,000 electric cars are to be manufactured in Grünheide every year. The current 1000 cars per week correspond to only one tenth of this project. It was also known that many vehicles could not be delivered due to defects and had to be repaired significantly.

Tesla is setting a low profile on how and what will be fixed in the two weeks of July. There are different reports on it. There is talk that in the future the bodies of the car should spend only 30 seconds in each production facility, previously it was up to three minutes. That would be equivalent to a six-fold increase in work speed.

According to the company’s website “Teslamag”, the speed of work for each stage of production should be accelerated from the current 90 to 45 seconds. Even if the workforce were to increase by a few thousand by the end of the year, the workload for each employee would increase dramatically. Elon Musk himself told shareholders in June that he expected nine to twelve months to increase weekly production to 5,000 cars initially.

At the same time, Tesla is aggressively pursuing its own brutal plans, as well as damaging the environment. Tesla is currently in the process of building a second “gigapress” at another press store. According to that daily mirror 1300 concrete piles of concrete should be placed on Brandenburg sand, such as a whole automotive factory and a battery factory under construction in the center of the drinking water protection area.

The Strausberg-Erkner regional water community (WSE) has filed another lawsuit, but lost to Tesla in the Frankfurt / Oder administrative court last week.

Like many other car manufacturers, Tesla relies on raw materials and materials from China and Russia. The corona crisis, the Ukraine war, sanctions against Russia and the energy crisis and inflation are increasingly shaking the world economy.