Feb. 10th, 2017

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Года полтора назад я писал про иск одного из бывших сотрудников к SpaceX и предположил, что забастовки рабочих заводов Tesla Motors не за горами. И вот сегодня я вижу в новостях Arstechnica заголовок: Tesla employee writes of low wages, poor morale; company denies claims.

Подробности, найденные в исходном посте сотрудника (на Arstechnica есть далеко не все), оказались такими, что я приведу довольно длинные цитаты:

I often feel like I am working for a company of the future under working conditions of the past.

Most of my 5,000-plus coworkers work well over 40 hours a week, including excessive mandatory overtime. The hard, manual labor we put in to make Tesla successful is done at great risk to our bodies.

Preventable injuries happen often. In addition to long working hours, machinery is often not ergonomically compatible with our bodies. There is too much twisting and turning and extra physical movement to do jobs that could be simplified if workers’ input were welcomed. Add a shortage of manpower and a constant push to work faster to meet production goals, and injuries are bound to happen.

A few months ago, six out of eight people in my work team were out on medical leave at the same time due to various work-related injuries. I hear that ergonomics concerns in other departments are even more severe. Worst of all, I hear coworkers quietly say that they are hurting but they are too afraid to report it for fear of being labeled as a complainer or bad worker by management.

Ironically, many of my coworkers who have been saying they are fed up with the long hours at the plant also rely on the overtime to survive financially. Although the cost of living in the Bay Area is among the highest in the nation, pay at Tesla is near the lowest in the automotive industry.

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Many of us have been talking about unionizing, and have reached out to the United Auto Workers for support. The company has begun to respond. In November, they offered a raise to employees’ base pay — the first we’ve seen in a very long time.

But at the same time, management actions are feeding workers’ fears about speaking out. Recently, every worker was required to sign a confidentiality policy that threatens consequences if we exercise our right to speak out about wages and working conditions.


Низкие зарплаты и переработки - еще не все. Тяжелый ручной труд, несоблюдение техники безопасности на рабочих местах, постоянное повышение интенсивности труда, затыкание ртов недовольным. И это не страна третьего мира, это "благословенные" США, больше того - "передовая", "либеральная" и "демократическая" Калифорния, та самая Bay Area, куда мечтают попасть "молодые профессионалы" со всего мира. Говорите, Маркс устарел, нужно что-то принципиально новое? Говорите, роботы и автоматизация вытеснят ручной труд и сделают людей ненужными? До забастовок дело пока не дошло, но о профсоюзах уже говорят, а в комментариях вспоминают "рейганомику" и исчезновение среднего класса. "A company of the future under working conditions of the past", добро пожаловать в дореволюционное прошлое.
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