Steinbach: Tesla factory could create 40.000 jobs

New Tesla location
New Tesla location
In the factory of the US electric car manufacturer Tesla in Grünheide, significantly more jobs could be created than previously known.

"In perspective, the Tesla factory in Grünheide could - depending on the market ramp-up - have up to 40.000 employees," said the Brandenburg Minister for Economic Affairs, Jörg Steinbach (SPD), of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". The automaker's plans currently envisage that around 12.000 employees in Grünheide should produce up to 500.000 electric cars a year.

The requirement profiles for the first 6.000 positions are already available, says Steinbach. "One thing is clear: we will not be able to meet the need for skilled workers from Brandenburg alone." His state could also benefit from job cuts in the car industry in other federal states. "There is now the unique chance that these people will not end up unemployed, but can continue to work in a growth market." In a conversation with Tesla boss Elon Musk last week, he once again reminded of German co-determination and collective agreements. “That was certainly not received with euphoria. But we expect Tesla to pay based on collective bargaining in the end. ”The Minister of Economic Affairs assumes that the construction project will clear the remaining legal hurdles. “When the approval for the overall project comes, it is closely related to the development plan procedure. Both should be wrapped up in mid-December. ”He does not share fears that the factory could endanger the water supply in the region. There are offers from other water associations to supply Grünheide. “This would also secure the water supply for further expansion stages of the factory.” He believes that the fact that no purchase premiums for combustion engines were decided at this week's car summit is the right approach. "I am pleased with the consistency with which the federal government is acting in this regard."