Tesla wants to employ 300 temporary workers at its German factory in Grünheide in Berlin-Brandenburg. This is reported by “Business Insider.” The move is part of plans to reduce workforces around the world, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The layoffs are scheduled to begin next Monday.

Tesla sells less and wants to get rid of staff

A few days ago it was learned that Tesla was suffering from slow sales. The result: company founder Elon Musk plans to lay off about ten percent of all employees. This means that around 14,000 Tesla employees have to fear for their jobs. The electric car pioneer must become “lean, innovative and hungry” again, Musk said in a statement.

Early reactions to Elon Musk's statement feared that thousands of jobs at the German Gigafactory in Grünheide, near Berlin, were at risk. That doesn't seem to be the case now. Around 12,000 employees currently work in Grünheide.

Tesla wants to expand Gigafactory in Grünheide

The employees produce around 5,000 vehicles per week in Grünheide. The total capacity of the Gigafactory is 500,000 electric cars per year. Tesla wants to expand the factory and double capacity. So, one million vehicles will roll off the Grünheide production line every year.

It remains to be seen if that actually happens. Tesla suffers from strong Chinese competition and has already had to reduce its prices several times. Industry experts say Tesla already has too much capacity.

It recently became known that Tesla's board of directors wants to reward the company's founder, Elon Musk, with a mega salary package. These are amounts of more than 50 billion dollars.

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