MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic -- Volkswagen Group's Czech unit Skoda has proposed an 8.3 percent hike in wage tariffs from April in a bid to reach an agreement on pay and shift work with unions, human resources chief Bohdan Wojnar said.
"We are trying to find a solution that will be an expression of a good wage for good work and will be balanced for the company. We have negotiations next week, I hope we will reach an agreement," Wojnar told Reuters.
He said wage talks were separate from discussions on a new shift system aimed at raising production, and which is opposed by unions.
Union chief Jaroslav Povsik said earlier that the unions could call a strike in May if no deal is agreed. He said unions wanted a double-digit pay hike this year.
Skoda builds the Fabia, Karoq, Octavia, and Rapid models in the Czech Republic alongside the Seat Toledo, according to Automotive News Europe's European assembly plant map. A Skoda EV is also due to start production in Mlada Boleslav in 2020.