2023 Siemens & Siemens Energy Labour Meeting
The annual Siemens and Siemens Energy Labour Conference was held in Chicago from April 11-13, 2023. Representatives from seven different unions from three different countries were present in order to discuss the current labour situation within the companies.
Brian Lamm from the IBEW was the host and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers were present for the first time. Organizing efforts across Canada and the US were discussed, the most prominent of which at the moment is the Sacramento, CA plant which has resisted several attempts to unionize.
Harald Kern, Chairman of the Siemens Supervisory Board, spoke on recent developments within Siemens, Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility. https://assets.new.siemens.com/siemens/assets/api/uuid:4eda8298-4db8-47ab-a1ae-e861fc4ad94b/biography-kern.pdf
Nadine Florian, Siemens Energy Supervisory Board member, spoke via Zoom from Germany on recent developments within Siemens Energy and Gamesa. https://assets.siemens-energy.com/siemens/assets/api/uuid:b22125da-f37b-4bbe-bb94-15351485036f/cv-nadine-florian-en.pdf
Similar to the International Framework Agreement adopted by Siemens AG several years ago, Siemens Energy AG will be adopting an International Framework Agreement for its locations around the world. The goal of this IFA is to ensure that certain basic human rights and freedoms, along with the freedom of association, are adhered to in all countries where Siemens and Siemens Energy conduct their business. Below is an excerpt:
– Abolition of forced labour
– Non-discrimination and equal treatment
– Ban on child labour, setting a minimum age for employment
– Freedom of collective bargaining and association
– Occupational safety and working environment
– Promotional framework for occupational safety
The Siemens Energy IFA is set to be official in May 2023.