March 20, 2019 / 10:47 AM / a year ago

Volkswagen's Skoda Auto: cannot repeat 2018 pay hikes in new round of bargaining

FILE PHOTO: A Skoda logo is displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

MLADA BOLESLAV, The Czech Republic (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s Czech unit Skoda Auto does not expect to repeat the strong wage growth agreed in 2018 again in the latest round of collective bargaining, a board member said on Wednesday.

“The current situation in the automotive industry as well as the pressure regarding costs and investments are primarily the result of legal changes and regulatory measures,” Bohdan Wojnar, who is responsible for Skoda’s human resources, said at its annual results news conference.

“Against this backdrop it is clear that we cannot allow results similar to that of 2018 in this year’s collective bargaining.”

The average production wage grew 14 percent in 2018 and it is up by 25 percent in the last two years, Skoda said.

Reporting by Jason Hovet, Writing by Robert Muller

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