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(Bloomberg) -- Credit Suisse Group AG’s shareholders should reject the bank’s pay proposals, Swiss remuneration crusader Thomas Minder said at the annual general meeting in Zurich on Friday.

“It cannot and must not be that bonuses are paid out after such a desolate business year,” said Minder, a member of the Swiss parliament.

Minder spent five years collecting signatures to force a nationwide vote on executive pay in Switzerland. His proposal -- that shareholders rather than company boards decide how much executives are paid -- was backed by 67.9 percent of voters in a March 2013 referendum.

Minder, also the owner of a herbal toothpaste maker, is joining the chorus of shareholder advisers such as Ethos and zRating that have urged Credit Suisse investors to reject the $36 million in bonuses the bank is proposing to pay top managers for 2015.

The bank is proposing that Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam receive a cash-and-stock award of 2.9 million francs ($3 million) after giving up 40 percent of his bonus. That’s on top of his base salary of 1.6 million francs for his first six months on the job. Credit Suisse reported a full-year loss of 2.9 billion francs after the fourth quarter produced a 5.8 billion-franc loss, its worst in seven years.

Credit Suisse Chairman Urs Rohner received 3.2 million francs for 2015, down 11 percent from 3.6 million francs the previous year.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Jan-Henrik Förster in Zurich at jforster20@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Simone Meier at smeier@bloomberg.net, Ross Larsen, Jon Menon

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