The shutdown will start on December 24th.
Workers will have to take unpaid time off.
We’re as confused as you are… An email sent to Model S and Model X production line workers indicated that their work would be put on hold for 18 days come December 24th, with little or any explanation. And yes, on the same day, Elon Musk asked Tesla workers to ramp up production.
The planned shutdown will force workers to take unplanned (aka un-budgeted) days off or, alternatively, they can seek work in other sections of the business either as a volunteer or for limited pay, according to Business Insider.
Tesla will give employees a full week’s salary along with some paid holiday days but this does not cover the entire 18-day shutdown period. The email went on to say: “We would like you to take the opportunity to refresh or spend time with your family, so Tesla will be giving you a full week pay for the week of Jan. 4th,”
A separate email received by employees on the same day, from Musk, stated that demand for the Model X and S during this quarter was greater than production numbers. Musk urged them to increase output as much as possible for the remainder of 2020…
Business Insider reached out to Tesla for comments but they did not immediately respond.