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Tesla’s Shanghai factory requires workers to eat and sleep on the factory floor

Tesla’s Shanghai factory will reopen under a “closed-loop system.”

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Tesla’s Shanghai factory requires workers to eat and sleep on the factory floor

Tesla’s Shanghai factory is requiring its workers to have their daily activities like eating and sleeping done on the factory floor. This comes as Tesla is resuming work at its huge Shanghai factory as the city of 25 million people eases lockdown restrictions in the aftermath of a large COVID outbreak.

As per a Bloomberg News report citing the company’s internal memos, Tesla’s Shanghai factory will reopen under a “closed-loop system.” A system/strategy advocated by Shanghai officials to bring back the staff to work while upholding the country’s ‘zero-covid’ objectives.

According to this closed-loop strategy, which is part of the city’s current Covid laws, nobody goes in or out of the factory. Workers have to reside and work at the factory subsequently. The first “shift” of the program started earlier this week and is anticipated to stay until May 1st as per the Covid regulations.

Each employee will be given a sleeping bag and mattresses, as well as specific locations for sleeping, washing, eating, and relaxing, according to a Telsa document quoted by Bloomberg. Each employee is provided with three free meals every day as well as a daily compensation of around 400 yuan ($63). Only those workers who have received two vaccine doses will be permitted to enter the workplace, and each will be subjected to daily nucleic acid testing for the first three days following their return.

In addition to COVID limits, Bloomberg reports that Tesla is boosting working hours in order to make up for the roughly 40,000 vehicles it hasn’t been able to produce since the production shut down on March 28th.

Employees would apparently not only live and dine at the plant, but they would also work 12 hours a day, six days in a row. Previously, the staff worked eight-hour shifts with four days on and two days off, according to the Bloomberg report.

Tesla is not the only corporation that has followed closed-loop technology. The Wall Street Journal earlier this month reported that almost 5,000 workers at China’s largest state-owned carmaker, SAIC Motor, were staying in dormitories at the plant during the recent shutdown.

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