Many members have enquired about how they should vote their RBS shares. Our RBS AGM Vote recommendations are shown below:
Resolution 28. For. We have proposed this so clearly we support this resolution.
Resolution 2. Remuneration report. Against. Reasons.
- CEO has pension of 35% salary. HSBC have reduced to 10%, so should Ross McEwan, RBS CEO. There is lots of press about this issue. RBS should listen to what is being said and act.
- Male CEO has bigger pension allowance than female FD (35% v. 10%).
- Chairman has very low holding of shares and receives all of his £750,000 salary in cash. He has very little downside risk if the share price decreases. He should not be over-incentivised, but he should have much greater alignment with shareholders. He sets a bad example to employees and other directors. He currently holds only 80,000 shares worth about £200,000, which is far too little for a rich man paid £761,000 p.a. Since his appointment in July 2015 he has been paid nearly £3 million.
- The NEDs are incredibly well paid and have just had their remuneration increased. The bank is now a simpler, safer bank. RBS keep telling us this. Total Assets are now £690 bn compared to over £2 trillion at their peak. There are lots of NEDs. The pay of the NEDs should be reducing, not increasing. NEDs own few shares despite their high pay. They are not aligned with shareholders and do not act as if they are.
Resolution 24 General Meetings 14 Days’ Notice. Against. It should be 21 days. Shortening the notice of GMs is against our members’ interests.
We recommend supporting management and voting in favour of all the other recommendations.
Cliff Weight, ShareSoc Director and RBS Shareholder Committee Campaign Co-ordinator