Czech Republic -New collective agreement at Škoda -April 24, 2012

Company council OS KOVO called off the strike alert after a collective agreement was reached with the Škoda company management on the 20th of April. After sixteen rounds of negotiations, an agreement was reached including a 5% wage increase and higher employer contributions into the workers’ pension schemes. Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest carmaker, Škoda Auto, had previously stepped up pressure on company managers to meet their demands for pay rises by warning that work shifts would no longer be guaranteed. Unions warned early April that working shifts were covered by a flexible working deal that expired at the end of March and ceased to apply pending a new pay deal.

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