Czech Republic - New agreement at Škoda Auto - August 4, 2010

In early August, the management of Škoda Auto and the company union affiliated with the Czech Metalworkers’ Federation KOVO (OS KOVO) reached agreement on the wage component of the collective contract expiring 31 March, 2011 and covering 29,000 workers. Wages will be increased by 2.7% backdated 1 April, 2010. Also, employees will be rewarded with a lump-sum payment of CZK 10,000 (Euro 400), “as recognition of their performance and flexibility in the difficult and turbulent year 2009.” Moreover, the company contribution to the additional pension insurance is increased by CZK 50 (Euro 2). Already in April 2010, the other issues in the collective agreement had been agreed, but wage negotiations dragged on. Initially, the employer had offered a wage increase of maximum 2% and a lump-sum payment of CZK 1,000, and extended validity of the contract until 30 June 2011. In subsequent rounds of talks, the company increased its offer to a 2.5% wage hike and a CZK 8,000 lump-sum payment, but this proposal was rejected again by the union side.

English: http://new.skoda-auto.com/COM/about/info/news/News/Pages/2010_17 ...

http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/04/articles/cz1004019i.htm

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.


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