The news channels have all been carrying the enquiry into the banking crisis and of course been heavy laden with the grovelling apologies of the boardroom architects of the disaster. These apologies clearly written by their PR and delivered with hardly a
look of remorse by those responsible are obviously totally inadequate. What was required was a unanimous climb-down by all bankers agreeing that no bonuses of any kind will be paid until the banks are out of hock to the tax payer. Nothing less would be honourable
and nothing less worthy to those that have bailed them out of their still expensive life style.
Perversely it is not the boardroom that is bearing the brunt of their folly and ineptitude but their hard working employees in the back office and those at the counter and the many associated smaller firms and their employees caught in this debacle and of
course this spreads far and wide with everyone in the UK badly affected in some degree and of course has had global impacts as well.
After the tax payer bailouts of the banks any existing employee contracts should be null and void and all contracts should be renegotiated reflecting the new condition of the bank. After all if the banks had not been bailed out there would have been no jobs.
How can companies justify paying out bonuses to some employees whilst making whole swathes of others redundant.
I am not against the bonus culture and have benefited from this during my career in the City but there is a big difference between bonuses in my day to those of today. In my day people were paid a lower basic and big bonuses were a reward from the profits
of the company. If the company did really well all employees enjoyed a good bonus but if not little or no bonus was paid, even if we had worked our hardest and performed our best during a bad year and this was accepted.
Today, we find bonuses being paid regardless, it seems of performance or the Company's financial status, in order to prevent the star performers and in many case's not such stars, seeking employment with one of their rivals. It's a kind of football star
mentality that the boardrooms have been seduced with.
It's for this reason the compensation culture in the City has totally failed and why those in the boardroom are entirely culpable and should be penalised for failing in their duties as Directors. Give them bonuses you have got to be kidding; they are lucky
they are not in jail.