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Unfair Bonuses Discriminate Against Lower Paid 19/10/2010

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Department for Work & Pensions Group  
To:  All members 
18 October 2010 

PCS campaigns for fair pay

Unfair bonus system
  
In DWP Pay negotiations, PCS repeatedly argued that DWP management needed to ensure that all members got a fair share of the bonus pot as all members had worked extremely hard this year in helping to get the country out of recession. This hard work was repeatedly recognised with thank you letters from the great and the good – now is the time for it to be recognised in the pay packet.

Instead management have chosen to pay double bonuses to the top performers – despite the obvious unfairness to staff in the lower grades, and in some parts of DWP. This unfairness is compounded by paying much bigger bonuses to staff in the higher grades. PCS firmly believes that basic pay rewards higher grades for their extra responsibility – bonuses should be distributed more equally.

Unfair by grade
In theory, every member of staff should be able to achieve the “Wholly Exceptional” box marking. The truth is that the higher your grade, the higher your chance of getting the top box mark. If you are a Grade 6 you have a better than one in eight chance of getting the top mark. For staff overall the figure is closer to one in forty. But does that matter?
 
Unfair pay
It does matter when you look at the cash reward.
The bonus for a Grade 6 who gains a “Wholly Exceptional” marking is more than the combined bonus of a Band A, Band B and Band C.
The bonus for a Grade 6 who gains a “Consistently Good” marking is more than the combined bonus of a Band A, Band B and Band C.

 Just plain unfair
Even in different parts of DWP your chance of getting the top box marking varies dramatically with staff in PDCS only having a third of the chance of a “Wholly Exceptional” mark as their colleagues in Corporate and Shared services.
This is all terribly unfair and not a proper way to distribute £55 million pounds from the pay pot.
PCS demands fair pay now.
Reject this unfair pay offer and demand that it is made fairer.

CHARLES LAW      JANE AITCHISON
Negotiations Officer      DWP Group President

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