Swedish court rules against Tesla in dispute with Post over deliveries – Portal

Strike in front of Tesla's service center in Segeltorp

Emma Hansson, chairwoman of IF Metall Stockholms lan, strikes in front of Tesla’s service center in Segeltorp, while workshop workers from electric car maker Tesla went on strike in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 27, demanding that the company sign a collective agreement. 2023. Jessica Gow/TT News Agency/via Portal/File Photo acquire license rights

STOCKHOLM, Dec 7 (Portal) – Tesla (TSLA.O) lost a legal battle with the Swedish Postal Service on Thursday as a dispute with Nordic unions escalated.

A Swedish court has ruled that PostNord does not have to supply Tesla with license plates blocked by postal service employees for now, in the latest twist in the dispute over collective bargaining agreements.

Tesla is facing increasing pressure from unions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark supporting mechanics at Sweden’s IF Metall, who went on strike on October 27 demanding a collective agreement with the company.

The Nordic countries are a key market for Tesla. The company fundamentally rejects collective bargaining and has stated that its employees have conditions that are as good or even better than those demanded by IF Metall.

A major Danish pension fund said Thursday that it had sold its shares in Tesla because it refused to enter into such deals.

“We sold our Tesla shares on December 6, when they had a market value of 476 million Danish crowns,” ($68.9 million), PensionDanmark told Portal by email.

The court’s decision on Thursday came after Tesla sued PostNord after workers stopped supplying license plates for its new cars in a sympathy strike. This is a preliminary decision before the court’s final decision.

“The district court has decided that PostNord should not be forced to make deliveries to Tesla before the case is over,” the Solna district court said in a statement.

Dock workers, drivers, electricians and cleaners are other workers who refuse or threaten to serve Tesla out of sympathy for IF Metall.

Seko, the union that organized the PostNord workers behind the sympathy strike, welcomed the court’s latest decision.

“It is about the Swedish collective bargaining model and there is a consensus about it, both politically and between parties in the labor market,” Seko President Gabriella Lavecchia told Portal by email, urging Tesla to sign the collective agreement with IF Metall .

PostNord told Swedish news agency TT that it was satisfied with the court’s interim ruling, but stressed its neutrality in the matter.

“As a provider of the universal postal service, we have a mission that we take very seriously. However, it is not our job to check what agreements other companies enter into,” company spokesman Henrik Ishihara told TT.

Last year, Norway was Tesla’s fourth-largest market in terms of new car sales. Sweden was the fifth-largest car and Tesla’s Model Y is the best-selling car in Sweden this year.

In a case related to the PostNord case, a court ruled on November 27 that the Swedish Transport Agency must find a way to get license plates to Tesla. The agency has appealed the decision.

Some Swedish pension funds have also pushed Tesla to sign the agreement with the union, but have so far held back from selling their shares.

Tesla and IF Metall did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

($1 = 6.9101 Danish Kroner)

Reporting by Anna Ringstrom and Marie Mannes in Stockholm; Anne Kauranen in Helsinki; additional reporting by Johan Ahlander and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Edited by Kirsten Donovan

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