It’s not something we all get, but the prospect of receiving a bonus in your pay packet would be welcomed by most.
And let’s face it, in today’s climate of financial woe, we need all the help we can get. But workers at Air India have gone on hunger strike for three days to protest against plans to cut their pay.
In terms outlined by the cash strapped airline, employees would lose half of their productivity-linked incentive payments.
And it’s not just the Indian airline workers that are up in arms about their bonus payments. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will impose tough rules on bankers receiving bonuses and has urged other G20 countries to do the same. Earlier it emerged that BNP Paribas had set aside 1 Billion euros for possible bonuses after a recent rise in profits, hence President Sarkozy’s clampdown.
So in the current economic climate, should employees give up their expectation of a bonus? Is it fair to expect continue to receive money above your salary when so many people are out of a job? And if you’re just doing your job, why should you receive a ‘performance-linked’ bonus?