Norway’s largest private-sector union is considering joining Swedish and Danish unions in industrial action against Tesla to demonstrate support for striking Swedish mechanics. The mechanics, represented by Sweden’s IF Metall union, have been on strike since October, aiming to compel the U.S. automaker to sign a collective bargaining agreement. In solidarity, several other Swedish unions have joined the strike, causing a significant disruption to Tesla’s operations in the country. Dockworkers at all Swedish ports have refused to offload vehicles, electricians are refusing to work on Tesla workshops or charging stations, and postal workers are refusing to deliver anything to Tesla’s workplaces.
The strike has now spread to Denmark. The country’s largest union has announced that its dockworkers and truck drivers will cease offloading and transporting Tesla cars destined for Sweden. This move aims to prevent the company from circumventing the blockade at Swedish ports. Now, Norway’s Fellesforbundet union is also planning to take action to block the transport of Tesla cars into the Swedish market. Fellesforbundet leader Jorn Eggum stressed that Tesla should immediately accept IF Metall’s demand for a collective agreement. If Tesla fails to comply by December 20, the union will proceed with implementing boycott actions.
Eggum added that it is too early to specify the exact measures the union will take in supporting the strike in Sweden. However, if Tesla does not sign a collective bargaining agreement with Swedish workers, Fellesforbundet will ensure that Tesla cannot transport cars bound for Sweden through Norway.