Photo: Tesla Giga Shanghai
Tesla has sent an indictment and other legal notices to Chinese news agency PingWest on a report released on December 25 that reported harsh working conditions and quality control problems at Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai.
The article published by PingWest, which contained false information, attracted a lot of public attention, negatively affecting the image of Giga Shanghai and Tesla as a whole. Now Tesla seeks to achieve justice and is suing the publication, Benzinga reports.
The report, which was published in both Chinese and English, in order to attract a lot of public attention, argued that workers are working in "sweatshop" conditions in a factory in Shanghai and are facing great pressure from superiors.
There were also accusations that the company was sacrificing product quality in order to speed up production. The so-called "sources" of PingWest said that the plant works with low-tech, and the cars were produced only through high-intensity manual labor. This in itself is an absurd accusation given that Giga Shanghai produces over 20,000 vehicles per month.
January 17, the Global Times—a Chinese Communist Party-controlled tabloid—reported that Tesla sent PingWest an "indictment, a notice of responding to prosecution, as well as other affidavits." PingWest is due to respond by February 8 and says it will "actively cooperate" with Tesla's lawsuit, according to the Global Times.
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