Germany -Commitment to CSR in Europe and union busting elsewhere? -August 28, 2012

This summer Siemens signed an international framework agreement on the principles of corporate responsibility with trade union IG Metall and global industrial union IndustriAll. In the agreement Siemens committed to fundamental employee rights, including equality of opportunity, the right to collective bargaining and the freedom of association. According to the company the agreement underscored the relationship of trust between the company, the works council and the unions. Shortly after a serious dispute has risen in a Pittsburgh plant that put the agreement to an early test. All workers received a letter from the operational director stating that ‘Siemens does not believe a union is in the best interests of our employees’. The company also hired an anti-union consultant.

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