The Finnish Transport Workers’ Union has announced that it will be participating in a strike against Tesla, joining other Nordic unions in the effort. Starting on December 20, Finnish dockworkers who are part of the AKT union will be initiating a blockade of Tesla vehicles at all ports in the country. This means that no Tesla cars or components intended for the Swedish market will be loaded by dockers.
This move by AKT follows similar actions taken by unions in Denmark and Norway, who have shown their support for mechanics at Sweden’s IF Metall union by joining in this strike. The mechanics have been on strike since October, pushing for Tesla to sign a collective bargaining agreement.
According to AKT president Ismo Kokko, “It is a crucial part of the Nordic labor market model that we have collective agreements and unions support each other.” This solidarity among unions in the Nordic region is a key aspect of their labor market approach.
In addition to the participation of AKT, several other Swedish unions have also joined this industrial action. Dockworkers at all Swedish ports are refusing to unload Tesla vehicles, electricians are refusing to work on Tesla workshops or charging stations, and postal workers are refusing to deliver anything to Tesla’s workplaces.
This strike has gained significant momentum, with multiple unions uniting to voice their concerns and support their fellow workers. The impact on Tesla’s operations in the region could be significant.