Barrow BAE Systems shipyard staff awarded from £660k cashpot
Last updated at 16:49, Friday, 04 January 2013
THOUSANDS of shipyard workers in Barrow have been awarded a share of around £660,000 in new year bonuses.
BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines is giving its 4,400 non-executive grade employees, the majority working in Barrow, a £150 reward in recognition of some of the major milestones reached during 2012.
But after the news broke yesterday, some people took to the Evening Mail’s Facebook page to question the move.
One, Paul Jacko Jackson, said: “By (the) time I’m taxed I will receive hardly a penny”, while others claimed the sum was not enough to reflect the hard work of the shipyard’s employees.
Sylvia Ballard said: “That’s pretty funny! Billion dollar company gives its employees 150 sorry pounds.”
But a number of people hit back including Niyall Phillips, who said: “But then you get the companies that give no bonuses, some because they need that money to stay active. (I) think people should be happy with that!
“I know I never got a bonus, not that I was expecting one, but if I got an extra £150 it’d make a big difference!” Angela Barratt added: “I think it’s shocking in days where so many are losing their jobs left right and centre that people are moaning because they ONLY got £150 bonus.
“It’s a bonus, not something that should be expected, they run a business not a charity. Be grateful you still have a job and got recognition for your hard work.”
The rewards are being handed out following a successful year for BAE, which included the departure of the second Astute class submarine, Ambush, leaving Barrow in September – and its contract acceptance in December.
The company was also awarded a £1.2bn contract by the Ministry of Defence for the fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, as well as more than £600m funding for the Vanguard replacement programme.
John Hudson, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines managing director, said: “At the heart of last year’s achievements was the valued contribution of our employees and this payment reflects the business’ appreciation of their continued efforts.”
First published at 16:46, Friday, 04 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Come now Â£150 is not a lot of money. I wonder wahy there has been such a lot of vitriol from your contributors over this issue. I assume that most of the BAE people used this for shopping or a small luxury.
Jealousy over someone getting Â£150 is unbecoming.
are you having a laugh ? Could you Please tell the readers the last contract delivered to time & cost by BAE ? I think you will struggle finding one over your 30 years of being there! Ever wondered why they need contractors ...??
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