Skoda unions in the Czech Republic are threatening warning strikes on Tuesday, according to dpa-AFX.

Unions rejected management’s latest pay, meaning that warning strikes lasting one hour on each of the three shifts are highly likely.

Skoda offered a 13% pay rise, while unions are demanding 17%. Management initially had offered 6.1% over two years.

Skoda employs 28,000 people at its headquarters and main factory in Mlada Boleslav. It is the largest company in the Czech Republic.

A skills shortage in the region is prompting high wage claims in the auto sector.

Workers at the Toyota-Peugeot-Citroen Automobile (TPCA) joint venture at Kolin, in the centre of the Czech Republic, provided negotiating ammunition for Skoda unions by agreeing an annual 7.5% increase for workers from April.