Elon Musk’s “Sleep at Work” Demand Sparks Outrage

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Tesla CEO's Comments Lead to Concern About Worker Safety and Well-being

Elon Musk’s recent comments that Tesla employees may need to sleep at work to meet production goals for the company’s new electric vehicle have sparked outrage from workers and experts alike.

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Musk’s remarks, made in a call with investors last week, have been met with criticism from workers’ rights advocates, who say that they are dangerous and exploitative.

According to a report by Business Insider, Musk said that the production of the new vehicle, code-named “Redwood,” would be “very challenging” and that employees would need to be “super hardcore” to meet the deadline.

“We’re going to have to be willing to work long hours and be flexible,” Musk said. “I don’t mean just sort of working long hours, I mean basically living at the factory.”

John Logan, a professor of labor studies at San Francisco State University, told Reuters that Musk’s comments are “a recipe for disaster.”

“This is not just about the safety of the workers, but also the quality of the vehicles,” Logan said. “Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems, including fatigue, poor judgment, and increased risk of accidents.”

Logan also expressed concern that Musk’s comments could lead to a “race to the bottom” among other automakers, as they try to compete with Tesla’s demanding production standards.

Musk has a history of demanding long hours from his employees. In 2018, he tweeted that Tesla employees should be willing to work 120-hour weeks.

The company later apologized for the tweet, but Musk has continued to make similar comments.

In addition to the safety concerns, Musk’s comments have also raised questions about the company’s ability to meet its production goals.

Tesla has struggled to meet production targets for its current vehicles, and the new “Redwood” vehicle is expected to be even more complex.

“It’s hard to imagine how Tesla is going to be able to meet its production goals without putting employees at risk,” Logan said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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