John Lewis faces staff backlash over bonus awards

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John Lewis has sparked a backlash among its workforce after paying bonuses to hundreds of its staff, despite shelving its partnership-wide bonus.

The employee-owned group, which also operates the Waitrose grocery business, paid “special contribution awards” to almost 4,000 workers last year, according to the Financial Times.

The bonus awards, which have been in place for 10 years, are capped at 10% of salary and are handed out for exceptional service. John Lewis said the “vast majority” of the bonuses were given to frontline staff and members of the executive team were 

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