IG Metall chairman attacks Elon Musk

“Tesla doesn’t have to show us how electric cars work,” says Jörg Hofmann to the address of the American entrepreneur Elon Musk. Meanwhile, he has probably tried a new car from VW.

Was just visiting Germany: Elon Musk

IG Metal boss Jörg Hofmann attacks the electric car manufacturer Tesla from California. “Tesla doesn’t have to show us how electric cars work,” Hofmann told the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. And he added: “While Tesla is just building its factory in Brandenburg with high subsidies, e-mobility is already being produced 200 kilometers south in the VW plant in Zwickau, in significantly higher numbers.”

The German auto industry will be able to produce 1.5 million electric vehicles next year, the union boss added. “The interesting question is: under what conditions will Tesla produce?” Asked Hofmann: “As we know it in Germany, or does democracy end at the factory gate – because no codetermination and no collective agreements are tolerated, because people work under precarious conditions in Poland and Romania are bought? “

The IG Metall chairman regrets that he has not heard anything critical of Tesla from Elon Musk fans in German politics. Elon Musk was in Germany this week. In the meantime, he met with representatives of the Union on the sidelines of their parliamentary group meeting in Berlin.

Apparently, Musk also made a stopover at the Volkswagen Group and had the Wolfsburg-based company’s new e-car model shown there. Musk met VW CEO Herbert Diess and also made a test drive in the ID.3, said a person familiar with the matter.

Volkswagen had previously shared a post via the short message service Twitter, according to which Elon Musk had taken off from Braunschweig Airport in his private jet. QWere you in the area @elonmusk? ”Wrote VW. Braunschweig is the closest airport to the corporate headquarters in Wolfsburg.

Musk was visiting Germany for several days. Among other things, he was in Tübingen at the vaccine developer Curevac and in Berlin, where he met with Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) and visited the construction site of the new Tesla factory in Brandenburg. A VW spokeswoman did not want to comment, a Tesla spokeswoman could not be reached.