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    Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress

    Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: ‘Everything feels like the future but us’

    Julia Carrie Wong in Fremont, California
    Thursday 18 May 2017 03.00 EDT

    The appetite for Musk’s electric cars, and his promise to disrupt the carbon-reliant automobile industry, has helped Tesla’s value exceed that of both Ford and, briefly, General Motors (GM). But some of the human workers who share the factory with their robotic counterparts complain of grueling pressure – which they attribute to Musk’s aggressive production goals – and sometimes life-changing injuries.

    Ambulances have been called more than 100 times since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.

    “We’re a money-losing company,” Musk added. “This is not some situation where, for example, we are just greedy capitalists who decided to skimp on safety in order to have more profits and dividends and that kind of thing. It’s just a question of how much money we lose. And how do we survive? How do we not die and have everyone lose their jobs?”

    “I’ve seen people pass out, hit the floor like a pancake and smash their face open,” said Jonathan Galescu, a production technician at Tesla. “They just send us to work around him while he’s still lying on the floor.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/18/tesla-workers-factory-conditions-elon-musk

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  • leveymg (3459 posts)
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    1. I take it, like most "tech workers," there is no union at House of Musk.

    How can a company that’s so well capitalized not afford to hire more workers?

    • cui bono (1630 posts)
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      2. Would be interesting to see the disparity in wages between the workers

      and the CEOs. Especially since Musk is complaining that they are losing money and appears to be weighing in losses against worker safety, based on the quote. So basically he’s putting a price on worker’s lives and deciding how much it’s worth to have them injured, possibly even permanently.

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  • MistaP (6447 posts)
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    3. he's a carmaker who bashes rail but still says he's the only one fighting CO2

    and gets everyone to go along with it

    but again the magic can’t last indefinitely

    http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)