(CTN News) – According to court documents, Tesla has taken legal action against the Swedish Transport Agency due to a workers’ strike that has caused a delay in the delivery of license plates for their new vehicles.
The strike, which began on November 20th, has prevented state-owned postal company PostNord from distributing the plates to Tesla. Despite Tesla’s request to pick up the plates themselves or have them sent through alternative distribution channels, the transport agency has refused to comply.
Swedish business daily Dagens Industri initially reported that Tesla filed lawsuits against both PostNord and the transport agency.
The largest manufacturing union in Sweden, IF Metall, is currently engaged in a dispute with over the establishment of a collective bargaining agreement for the company’s mechanics in the country. On October 27, Metall initiated a strike, resulting in the refusal to service Tesla’s vehicles.
In a show of solidarity, members from various other unions, such as dockworkers, electricians, and cleaners, have also joined in with sympathetic actions.
The American automobile manufacturer has a principle of refraining from signing collective bargaining agreements and asserts that its workers enjoy terms that are as good as, if not better than, those demanded by the Swedish union.
However, the union argues that it is crucial for all companies to have collective agreements in order to maintain the Swedish labour market model.
In its legal submission, Tesla criticized the transport agency’s refusal to grant it license plates as an unprecedented assault on a business operating in Sweden.
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According to Reuters, Tesla has taken legal action against the Swedish Transport Agency for allegedly failing to fulfill its obligation to provide license plates for the electric vehicles the company delivered to Swedish customers in 2022. The agency, however, disagrees with claim and states that the issue will be resolved in court.
It is worth noting that the refusal to deliver license plates could potentially impact a significant number of consumers who have ordered new cars from Tesla.
PostNord stated that it has not yet reviewed the lawsuit and therefore cannot provide a comprehensive response until the matter has been thoroughly investigated.
The company also clarified that it remains impartial in the dispute between the unions and Tesla, but will need to examine the lawsuit before making any comments.
Meanwhile, Seko, the union responsible for organizing PostNord’s employees, suggested that Tesla could easily resolve the issue by signing the collective bargaining agreement with IF Metall.
The union’s spokesperson interpreted this as an indication that has not been able to bypass their sympathy notice.