In Germany, the country's largest trade union and Europe's largest industrial union, IG Metall, notes that there is a high workload at Tesla.

"In several departments, we have a sickness absence rate of over 30 per cent – sometimes over 40 per cent and in some cases over 50 per cent," says Dirk Schulze, district manager at IG Metall.

Now the union is looking closely at the Swedish IF Metall's conflict with Tesla, whose actions he thinks are outdated.

"But that approach from an employer, in this case Elon Musk and his management, is completely anachronistic in 2023," says Dirk Schulze, adding:

"It was already anachronistic 100 years ago.