Tesla gives Shanghai workers sleeping bags for the floor

Tesla has restarted production at its Shanghai factory and has put strict measures in place for staff operating in a so-called “closed-loop system,” according to people familiar with the matter.

The electric vehicle maker will provide each worker with a sleeping bag and mattress, a memo sent to employees and seen by Bloomberg shows.

Since there is no purpose-built bedroom, people will be required to sleep on the floor in a designated area and there will be other allotted spaces for showering, entertaining (both still to be completed) and catering, the memo shows.

All employees will be required to take a nucleic acid test daily for the first three days, check their temperature twice a day and wash their hands four times a day: twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, the memo shows.

The workers will receive three meals and an allowance of about 400 yuan (58 euros) a day, though the actual amount will depend on the position and level of the person, one of the people said.

A Shanghai-based Tesla representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Shanghai officials have been encouraging companies to restart production that has been halted due to the city’s strict lockdown by using closed-loop systems in which workers live in their factories.

So far, more than 600 companies have restarted operations, including Quanta Computer, which makes laptops for Apple.

Tesla told some employees on Friday to prepare to enter a closed-loop system on April 17 after a weeks-long suspension as Shanghai tried to contain the Covid outbreak.

To circumvent the current restrictions on the city’s residential complexes, the company issued a special certificate for those on duty and organized shuttle buses to take them back to the plant.

Only staff residing in the lower risk residential complexes and those who have completed a two-shot vaccination regimen will be able to re-enter, joining the nearly 400 staff already on site due to emergency and prevention measures. of pandemics, according to the memorandum.

Midnight

The last closed-loop workers entered the factory shortly after midnight and are expected to work in the system until May 1, though that may change in accordance with the city’s pandemic prevention policies, according to the memo.

Before the pandemic-driven outage on March 28, Tesla workers in Shanghai worked three shifts covering 24/7. Factory staff worked four days and then had two days off.

No, they are being asked to work 12 hours a day, six days in a row with one day off, people familiar with the matter said.

The company’s Shanghai plant produced about 2,100 cars a day, producing 182,174 vehicles in the first quarter. However, ramping up production after such a long shutdown will not be an instant process.

Tesla only has a little more than two weeks’ worth of inventory under its new closed-loop schedule, another person familiar with the matter said, and logistics are a major issue for many other parties. –Bloomberg

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