Yes, you read that headline correctly. Tesla, the automaker, is suing the Swedish state through the Swedish Transport Agency. The lawsuit was filed this Monday and arose because of an ongoing dispute between union members and the company, according to Wired.
Union members refused to provide license plates, effectively preventing Tesla from selling new cars in Sweden. Now the Norrköping court has said Tesla should be able to circumvent the existing rules and manage its own license plate distribution.
This controversy began when Tesla refused to sign a collective agreement on wages and workers’ rights, angering union bosses. They fear that this could set a new precedent where things like working hours, minimum wage and more are controlled by companies.
More unions are joining the action against Tesla. The Swedish Transport Agency has not yet responded, but has 14 days to do so.