Tesla’s Berlin factory will elect works council on Feb 28

Germany’s largest union IG Metall has revealed that Tesla’s Berlin factory will elect its first works council on Feb. 28.

IG Metall expressed concern that it was too soon for the election to result in a truly representative body.

Only one in six of the roughly 12,000 workers expected at the plant have been hired so far, Reuters reports.

IG Metall fear that calling an election before a wider swathe of workers are hired will lead to a council top-heavy with management.

Under German labour law, only employees who have been working at a company for at least six months can stand for election.

The results of the election will be valid regardless of what proportion of the workforce votes, and a new election can only be called after two years if the workforce has grown by more than 50%.