Elon Musk has thrown his weight behind Tesla in a labor dispute in Sweden, saying it's "insane" how a strike affecting seven repair shops has spread to hamper the company’s operations in the largest Nordic country.
Dockworkers, garbage collectors, electricians and postal workers now refuse to do any tasks related to Tesla, after their trade groups stepped in to support the Swedish industrial workers’ union IF Metall.
IF Metall has been striking since Oct. 27. Nine unions are now part of the blockade on the maker of electric vehicles.
Swedish labor unions have wide-raging rights, enshrined in law, to join action on behalf of their peers.
In contrast, similar moves are tightly regulated or outright banned in several other European countries.