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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 June 2007

Bosses' bonuses

TELECOMS GIANT Cable and Wireless (C&W) top bosses want to scrap a cap on executive bonuses imposed last year that 'limited' executive extras to 20 million! Last year's four-year bonus scheme shared 216 million among 60 fat cats but imposed a 20 million maximum on individual payments. The bosses now find this irksome and want it changed.

The chairman Richard Lapthorne also wants an extra bonus scheme to stop him transferring his 'loyalties' to a private equity firm. His contract is being changed to give him shares that could be worth over 10 million in three years time.

Share prices have almost doubled so shareholders will not complain at these huge bonuses. C&W workers will be expected to pay for these bonuses, that will become more and more common while capitalist governments encourage private equity firms. Job losses are already threatened.

Cable & Wireless practically monopolised the telegraphic, cable and wireless systems within the decaying British Empire when the post-war Labour government nationalised it. C&W was privatised under Thatcher.

Renationalising C&W and the rest of the telecoms industry under the democratic control of the working class, would stop this insulting nonsense of multi-million bonuses amongst the carnage of lost jobs.

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