By David Sachs


Tesla is suing the Swedish Transport Agency to receive new-car registration tags directly, rather than through the mail, in a move related to a mechanics strike in the Scandinavian country.

Transportstyrelsen spokesman Mikael Anderson said Monday that the agency hasn't seen the lawsuit but confirmed it was filed in a district court.

Swedish media reported last week that the U.S. electric-car maker wants to collect registration plates for new vehicles rather than receive them through the mail, because postal workers are blocking their delivery in solidarity with striking Tesla mechanics. On X, formerly known as Twitter, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk called the news "insane."

"Tesla believes that the Swedish Transport Agency does not meet the requirement to provide registration plates to newly registered vehicles in Sweden," Anderson said. "We at the Swedish Transport Agency do not share this view and therefore Tesla has decided to have the issue tested in court, which is their right."

Union IF Metall wants Tesla to sign a collective bargaining agreement, union spokesman Jesper Pettersson told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. The agreement would set the foundation for wage, pension, and working-condition assurances, he said. It would also ensure that workers wouldn't strike again for an agreed upon period of time.

About 130 employees are spread across seven Tesla facilities, he said, but wouldn't say how many were on strike.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 27, 2023 10:55 ET (15:55 GMT)

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