Protests in front of the Siemens annual General meeting: Thunder instead of Gloria

The offer to Luisa Neubauer, Siemens to enter, has not been able to distract the climate activists: At the annual General meeting will be protested. For the p

Protests in front of the Siemens annual General meeting: Thunder instead of Gloria

The offer to Luisa Neubauer, Siemens to enter, has not been able to distract the climate activists: At the annual General meeting will be protested.

For the protection of the climate against coal: Greenpeace-people protest against Siemens, the major shareholder BlackRock photo: Reuters

MUNICH taz | "How dare you, Joe?" Posters with this logo will be on display this Wednesday in front of the Olympic hall in Munich – and perhaps also on the inside. There, the Siemens group holds its annual General meeting, which is expected this time, proceed quite differently than in the past. How dare you, Joe? The question is directed to the Siemens CEO, Joe Kaeser, has become because of the coal mining business in Australia to the main opponent of climate activists.

Fridays for the Future, and other groups to call from 8 o'clock in the morning to Demo on the Coubertin-Platz in front of the Olympic hall. A human chain was planned, "to accompany the Start of the meeting," - said in a statement. The many shareholders who have to go through this, will get to hear protests and some unpleasant issues.

Around 14 o'clock, it should be in the same place a "strike" of the Munich Fridays-local Chapter. The Initiative has specially invited activists and the victims of Australia and with you on Tuesday for a press conference and a panel discussion to be held. Including the 17-year-old Australian climate activist Varsha Yajman and Lindsay Simpson, who has worked as a journalist in detail with the Adani group, which operates the coal mining project.

for weeks to demonstrate to activists worldwide, at various Siemens locations against the participation of the technology group on this project. For 18 million euros, with Siemens the with Adani completed the contract to supply the signalling technology for a new railway line, on the subsidised coal to the sea should be. For Siemens this is a Mini-job. The new coal mine is a huge damage to the climate would, so the umbrella Association of Critical shareholders, an annual 700 million tons of CO2 was released–.

As an "accident" to "disastrous" has a rating of strategy Joe Kaesers, is actually called Josef Käser, in the mining project. He and the Board of Directors does not maintain it, to terminate the contract with Adani. Firstly, for reasons of reliability of the company and to the other, because the group would have to occur in the case of a breach of contract in the "unlimited liability". So it has confirmed Kaeser recently in an Interview. Would Siemens be driven in order in the Bankruptcy? Concrete answers, what are the consequences of an exit would, in fact, does not exist.

As a crude PR exercise Kaesers was considered offer of the German Fridays-front-woman Luisa Neubauer, to take a Job in a "Supervisory body" of Siemens. Kaeser said less over all, the Supervisory Board, rather than a Post in a Siemens control questions forum for environment. That Neubauer refused, he had not expected. Because in order for you, so Kaeser in time would have been able to, "no more of this German Greta-face".

Also in the Olympic hall, the Boss and his fellow management Board members (six men, one woman) are on a lot of criticism to face. Among other things, a speech of the Fridays-representative Helena Marshal is provided. There is not to relieve eight proposals from shareholders and shareholder representatives, the Board of management and the Supervisory Board and the committees, a vote of no confidence. This is on the grounds that Siemens "people to comply with legal duties of Care".

Typically, the main assemblies of such companies are more predictable and, therefore, to outsiders, extremely boring. The representatives of major shareholders such as insurance companies usually demand high returns, a rise in the share price and business growth. The small shareholders often verrentete Siemensianer – enjoy the Free food. The is different this time.

Updated Date: 04 February 2020, 16:00

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