Elon Musk praises Chinese labor, says Americans are “trying to avoid going to work”
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, predicts that China will create successful manufacturers of electric vehicles due to the country’s strong work policy – a feature he sees as lacking in the United States.
“I think some strong companies will come from China.” Musk made the remarks in an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday. “China has a lot of talented hardworking people who firmly believe in production.”
Musk, who is ranked the richest man in the world with a fortune of over $ 225 billion estimated by Forbes, contrasts with Chinese manufacturing workers in the United States with their counterparts: “They will not only burn oil in the middle of the night, they will burn oil at three in the morning. They won’t even leave the factory-type thing where people in America are trying to avoid going to work. “
Tesla has employed some labor practices in its Shanghai factory that obviously the United States could not or will not try. For example, Bloomberg reported last month that after a three-week lockdown, factory workers would have to sleep and eat on the factory floor. Each employee was provided with a sleeping bag and an air mattress and was required to work 12-hour shifts six days a week.
Washington’s National Labor Relations Board ruled last year that Tesla illegally interrogated and threatened workers in an effort to form a union. The company also faces an employee lawsuit for creating a culture of racism. Other workers have accused Mask of making excessive demands.
However, Musk, of South African descent, claims that he has never shied away from heavy workload, telling Bloomberg in 2018 that whenever his staff felt pain, “I wanted to be bad.” He famously slept on the factory floor while Tesla was racing to meet production targets for one of his EVs in 2018. At the time, he told CBS News he did not have time to take a bath at home, adding, “I don’t believe, for example, that people should suffer while the CEO is on vacation.”
American work ethic has apparently deteriorated since the Covid-19 epidemic began in 2020. In March, an all-time high of 4.54 million U.S. workers quit their jobs, up 23% from a year earlier, as employers struggled to fill an unprecedented dominance. Zero terms. In many cases, employees quit instead of returning to the office after the end of the remote-work policies introduced by companies during the epidemic.
In the first three months of 2022, the productivity of U.S. workers fell 7.5% from a year earlier, the sharpest decline since 1947. At the same time, unit labor costs have jumped by about 12%, meaning employers are paying much more to get much less.
Musk reached an agreement last month to buy Twitter for 44 billion, which sounded alarm bells among employees of the social media giant, some of whom accused him of being a racist who would take over the company. “Wrong way.” Musk said last week that he was not worried about employees leaving Twitter. “This is an independent country.” And those who do not feel comfortable in the company under his leadership can leave at will.