United Airlines bonus lottery scrapped following staff turbulence

The new scheme was rolled out to criticism, after it proposed to replace automatic bonuses with a company-wide lottery

United Airlines bonus lottery scrapped following staff turbulence

United Airlines has decided to shelve their new lottery bonus program following an employee backlash.

The new scheme was rolled out to criticism, after it proposed to replace automatic bonuses with a company-wide lottery. Under this plan, one employee would win around $100,00 each quarter. Other prizes included vacations and cash rewards – according to the Chicago Business Journal.

In a memo to employees, United's president, Scott Kirby said: “Since announcing our planned changes to the quarterly operations incentive program, we have listened carefully to the feedback and concerns you've expressed.

“Our intention was to introduce a better, more exciting program, but we misjudged how these changes would be received by many of you.

“So, we are pressing the pause button on these changes to review your feedback and consider the right way to move ahead. We will be reaching out to work groups across the company, and the changes we make will better reflect your feedback.”

The move comes after come employee spoke out against the proposed changes, with one letter posted on a Change.org page entitled ‘Make United Airlines Great Again’ read: “They took away our quarterly incentive bonuses and changed it to a deplorable new system that only rewards an elite few,” CNBC reported.

"No surprise, since they are good at only awarding an 'elite few' — aka the upper management, and not the entire population of frontline workers."

Senior executives reportedly met with the chairman of their union before the plan was scrapped.

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