Union members ‘outraged’ at £61 individual bonus payment to staff at Northampton-based Royal Mail sorting office

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An incentive scheme payment of £61 for each member of staff has been criticised by a union representing workers at the Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton.

The Communication Workers’ Union says its members at the South Midlands Mail Centre in Swan Valley are “outraged” about the interim bonus compared to the £628 million profit it says Royal Mail made last year.

Gareth Eales, area processing representative for the Communication Workers Union (CWU), said: “Our members are grossly unhappy with this tiny bonus payment, when compared to the company’s profits, it is outrageous.

“What adds insult to injury is the likely bonus for the managerial grades across the company, which will be vast amounts of money for many. This was an interim bonus scheme introduced by the company following the privatisation and further national talks are scheduled to secure a permanent scheme.

“The CWU have a great track record on basic pay increases, nine percent in the last three years is tremendous, but this bonus is sub-standard and has actually demotivated staff. The message to Royal Mail’s hierarchy from South Midlands Mail Centre is clear - the workforce deserves more, we therefore hope a permanent incentive scheme will be appropriate and proportionate.”

Royal Mail has been approached for a comment.