According to Sweden’s Dagens Industri on Monday, Tesla has launched a lawsuit against the Swedish Transport Agency in response to striking employees there halting the distribution of new license plates for the Texas-based automaker’s vehicles.
A press representative for the organization, Mikael Andersson, informed local station SVT that the complaint was filed early in the morning, “so we have not seen it yet.”
Before we can respond further, we need to hear their justification, Andersson told SVT.
Globally non-unionized Tesla filed a lawsuit against the government agency, according to prestigious business publication Dagens Industri, claiming that denying it access to the registration plates “constitutes an unlawful discriminatory attack directed at Tesla.”
On October 27, 130 members of the powerful metalworkers’ union IF Metall staged walkouts at seven popular electric car service workshops nationwide, asking that the automaker sign a collective bargaining agreement, which is the norm for most Swedish workers. While it has multiple service locations, Tesla does not have a manufacturing facility in Sweden.
Since the strike, Swedish mechanics have stopped working on Tesla vehicles.
The postal workers’ union was among those who expressed support for IF Metall’s demands. In an effort to increase pressure on Tesla to abide by the demands of the metal workers, dockworkers at Sweden’s four main ports also halted the delivery of Tesla automobiles.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, said last week that it was “insane” that Swedish postal workers were refusing to deliver new car license plates on X, the social media network he controls that was once known as Twitter.
Tesla Sweden has “refused to sign a collective agreement and violates basic principles in the Swedish labor market,” according to IF Metall’s earlier statement. These agreements were referred to as “the backbone of the Swedish model.”
“We are doing this for the sake of our members, to ensure that they have safe working conditions,” the union said in an appeal for consumer understanding.
According to Dagens Industri, Tesla asked the district court to ensure that its license plates were supplied by the Swedish Transport Agency.