BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhua) — Tesla is currently laying off contract employees at its U.S.-based auto and battery plant, with hundreds of job cuts expected, sources said. Tesla has been forced to cut back on new car production in the United States as the public health directive is implemented. Tesla is laying off workers, including at its auto plant in Fremont, California, and its superfactory outside Reno, Nevada. Tesla makes iconic battery packs there that power electric cars and energy storage products.
Sources estimate that the job cuts have affected hundreds of people.
Many of them have worked at Tesla for years, and some of them want to move into full-time jobs. Later this week, their recruitment agency notified them of the layoffs.
“I regret to inform you that the shutdown of the Tesla plant has been extended due to the outbreak, and that Tesla has requested an immediate termination of all labor contracts,” according to a memo sent to the laid-off employees by The Balance Staffing, a labor agency. “
Balance Staffing said that if possible, the company will try to bring the contract workers back to Tesla in the future and assure workers that the employees fired from Tesla are not quality of their jobs, but rather a difficult business environment.
Contract workers hired through other temporary workers received similar notices on Thursday and Friday, the sources said.
Tesla and Balance Staff did not immediately respond to requests for comment.