The head of the Berlin engine plant run by Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Rene Reif, has defected to rival Tesla Inc., German union IG Metall said, calling on employees to protest his departure.

IG Metall said there would be a protest in front of the Mercedes factory on Thursday and called on Daimler to present solutions that would help guarantee the future of the plant.

"We will make clear that we see the defection of the factory manager as a betrayal," Jan Otto, head of IG Metall Berlin, said in a statement.

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