Musk fired 30 plus Tesla employees for planning a workers' uniontext_fields
San Francisco: A complaint filed with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated that Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired more than 30 workers from the company's Gigafactory in New York.
The Verge also reported that Tesla fired over 30 employees from its Buffalo, New York plant, citing the Workers' United union's allegation. According to the report, one of the fired workers was part of the employee organising committee while others attended some labour discussions.
The complaint alleged that the layoffs came "in retaliation for union activity and to discourage union activity."
"This is a form of collective retaliation against the group of workers that started this organising effort" and is "designed to terrify everyone about potential consequences of them organising", Workers United organiser Jaz Brisack was quoted as saying in the report.
The Buffalo facility is known as Gigafactory 2 and "is home to over 800 analysts tasked with labelling vision data to train Tesla's Autopilot software".
Tesla and Musk have faced several complaints over their anti-union behaviour in the past years.
In January, Tesla was accused of violating labour laws in the US, allegedly directing employees not to talk about pay and working conditions.
In a complaint to the NLRB claimed that the electric car maker "told employees not to complain to higher level managers about their pay or other conditions of employment" and said, "not to discuss their pay with other persons".
The company also allegedly told employees not to discuss the hiring, suspension, or termination of employees with others.
These incidents occurred from December 2021 to January 2022, the complaint alleged.
The NLRB in 2021 forced Musk to delete an anti-union tweet and ruled that it's firing of union activist Richard Ortiz was illegal.
Meanwhile, two employees of the Musk-owned company complained to the NLRB that the company illegally fired them for being critical of Musk.