Barclays Bank bosses get bigger bonuses, workers get sacked


This video is called Anger as Barclays cuts jobs and pays bigger bonuses to investment bankers.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Barclays to sack 12,000 – while bonus pool for 2013 rises to £2.38bn

BARCLAYS bank yesterday announced plans to sack 12,000 bank workers and in the very same breath announced whopping bonuses for its top bankers.

The fresh round of job cuts comes on top of 7,650 jobs which the bank slashed last year.

The TUC slammed the ‘scandalous’ situation where the financial sector pays out billions in bonuses while the working class is made to pay for the financial crisis.

The bank’s total bonus pool for 2013 rose by 10% to £2.38bn, from £2.17bn in 2012, with the investment bank’s bonus pool increasing by 13%.

Unashamed Chief Executive Antony Jenkins said: ‘At Barclays, we believe in paying for performance and paying competitively.’

The announcement comes a day after Barclays released its full-year profit figures.

The bank’s statutory pre-tax profits for 2013 rose to £2.9bn, while adjusted pre-tax profits fell to £5.2bn.
Pre-tax profits in its investment banking division slumped 37% to £2.5bn over the year.

The TUC said: ‘The financial sector has paid out twice as much in bonuses since the crash than it has paid in corporation tax.

The TUC added: ‘It is scandalous that while people across Britain have paid for a recession caused by the City through job losses, pay freezes and cuts to vital public services, the financial sector is still able to pay out billions in bonuses’.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘The very people in the City who caused the crash have got away scot-free, and instead been rewarded with tens of billions of pounds in bonuses.

‘Today Barclays has stuck two fingers up to hard-pressed families across Britain by announcing another multi-billion pound bonus pool.’

Dominic Hook, Unite’s national officer, the union which represents bank workers, said: ‘Despite claims there would be no return to its old ways, Barclays is increasing bonus pools for those already paid unimaginably high salaries. At the same time the bank continues to announce thousands of job losses for ordinary workers.’

Hook warned: ‘Unite will strongly oppose any attempts to make compulsory job cuts.

‘Rather than reward the very few at the top and plan to cut thousands more jobs, Barclays should have used today to give a copper-bottomed guarantee that it will not close 400 branches across the UK – a quarter of its branch network.’

He added: ‘There are big questions about how Barclays will maintain customer service standards as it cuts jobs and forces those workers that survive to be ever more productive.’Commenting on Barclays’ full year results, Roger Barker, Director of Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors, said: ‘It cannot be right in any business for the executive bonus pool to be nearly three times bigger than the total dividend pay-out to the company’s owners.’

JUST in case readers thought that we were going soft on Barclays bank, or even more unlikely, that Barclays itself had done nothing questionable recently, New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman has come to our rescue: here.

BARCLAYS was hit with a record £37.7 million fine yesterday for failing to provide adequate protection for its clients’ funds: here.

13 thoughts on “Barclays Bank bosses get bigger bonuses, workers get sacked

  1. I don’t know about in the UK, but what was beyond the pale here in the US, was when these “Robber Barons” whose banks were bailed out using public funds pulled the same crap. “Too big to fail,” my ass. There is no such thing! However, there are many of us who are SMALL business owners and we are truly struggling while they refuse to fund SBA loans, bridge finance, factor receivables, etc. All the options that were once available to small businesses here in the US were all eliminated or scaled back. President Obama has tried for five years to put forth legislation, but the Tea Party controls the agenda for GOP controlled House and knee-jerk reject everything the President proposes so it never gets to vote. But we (US middle class/working poor) keep serving those who exploit us and basically subsidized the very people who keep their boots on our throats like the good little serfs we are.

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