Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Bonuses not just for banks

The following is an anonymous question from a civil servant requesting legal advice from a well-known trade union. I only wish I was making it up, or that it was sent with lashings of irony. Let's hope that the recent talk of cuts creates a dent in the bonuses of Assembly fat cats.

Q I am used to receiving an end of year bonus but I didn't get one this time. Am I entitled to it?

A You are only entitled to a bonus if it is specified in your contract. If you have been receiving a bonus for many years, it may be possible to argue that it has become custom and practice and therefore an unwritten part of your contract, in which case a non-payment could amount to an unlawful deduction of wages. But you would need to have all the facts about why it has not been paid before raising the issue with your manager. Discuss the situation with your PCS rep before doing anything further.

[Source: PCS Union]


Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 09:35  

Whats wrong with the answer. Seems like a reasonable course of action and gives information that was requested?

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 10:33  

Anonymous at 09:35 has missed the point.

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 10:41  

That's why I was asking? i don't understand the point and wanted an explination?

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 10:51  

it's time we put an end to the bonus culture and then questions like that wouldn't be asked.

James 18 February 2009 at 11:26  

"If you have been receiving a bonus for many years, it may be possible to argue that it has become custom and practice and therefore an unwritten part of your contract."

This says it all, and a civil servant too.

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 12:16  

PCS represent members in private industry too...

In their words:

"We also organise widely in the private sector, usually in areas that have been privatised."

A bit of a red herring Miss W.

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 12:29  

Tory Staffer attacking the Trade Unions. Very boring!

Anonymous 18 February 2009 at 13:21  

Why the mention of the private sector when this is about the public sector?

Anonymous 22 February 2009 at 15:55  

never mind the bonus culture miss, have you heard about the welsh assembly government awards...our very own internal oscars it seems. And self nomination!! No idea who came upwith this bright idea!!! But dear me.

Anonymous 23 February 2009 at 09:03  

WAG awards??? Tell us more!!!

Anonymous 7 March 2009 at 10:10  

Justwant you to know - bonuses are part of Civil Service pay deal. They are performance related and the really 'good' ones are about £1000 a year. Get a grip. Introduced as a way of keeping annual salary rises down...

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