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ThyssenKrupp paid for plush trade unionist trips
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ThyssenKrupp paid for plush trade unionist trips

Published: 11 Jan 2013 11:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Jan 2013 11:54 GMT+01:00

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp came on Friday under fire after it emerged it had sent trade union representatives first class on trips to exotic locations such as Brazil and Formula 1 races.

A trip to an over-budget, delayed new steel factory in Brazil included a separate flight to Rio de Janeiro especially to see the Sugarloaf Mountain, financial daily paper Der Handelsblatt reported after seeing internal ThyssenKrupp documents.

The company also invited supervisory board vice chairman Bertin Eichler to the Formula One racing in Shanghai, where ThyssenKrupp splashed out on a private box for its guests.

Eichler has, according to the paper, had at least five first class flights paid for by ThyssenKrupp but accepting them was, he said, a mistake. The company had a policy of sending members of the supervisory board first class on overseas flights.

“Looking at it now, it would be sensible to review this policy and set out strict criteria,” Eichler told the paper.

ThyssenKrupp shareholders announced that they would not be letting the board of directors get off lightly in the upcoming general meeting.

They could well come under fire not only for expensive travel budgets but also the poor management of overseas factories.

The revelations are reminiscent of German carmaker Volkswagen's pampering of works council members a few years ago. That scandal, however, included paying for visits to prostitutes.

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12:27 January 11, 2013 by pepsionice
And? This has likely been going on for forty years, if you dug for evidence. Union members ought to mandate that their representatives only serve two years and then never return to be a union rep ever again. It probably wouldn't hurt to tax either the company or the union rep's for these exotic trips.
13:13 January 11, 2013 by raandy
I don't really care. TK and every big international business.

What really was outrageous was how AIG and other USA financial institutions paid their top CEOs outrageous bonuses after they took tax payer money for a bailout because of shoddy business practices.
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