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Bank Worker Sacked

Stephanie Bon who was fired for facebook rant

A BANK worker has been sacked for a Facebook rant about her new boss' megabucks deal.

Stephanie Bon, 37, posted her moan on the social networking site after hearing Antonio Horta-Osorio could earn up to 8.3million as chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group.

She wrote: New boss gets 4,000 an hour. I get 7 an hour. That's fair.

A colleague saw the post and told bosses who fired Stephanie on the spot.

She said: They said I had breached confidentiality but I was only talking about something that had already been in the news.

Surely I have the right to comment on my own private profile?

Stephanie says she had been working at Halifax now owned by Lloyds for eight months, organising staff contracts.

Sick of fat cat execs cashing in as her work pals struggled to make ends meet in the recession, she posted her grumble online.

But after it was spotted, she was summoned to see her manager who ordered her to pack her bags.

She claims she was told: We cant have workers doing that. It gives us a bad reputation.

Stephanie added: I'm not a troublemaker, but they've sacked me for gross misconduct.

But I wasn't saying anything people didn't already know.

The pay is so bad for most of us and the way we are treated is terrible.

We were sent an email about our Christmas lunch and told we were going to have to pay for it ourselves.

Its outrageous considering how much we get paid compared to the management.

The banks have wrecked the country but its the little people like me that suffer.

I have worked really hard. Ive got a good professional reputation. The pay is so bad I've been working 40 to 50 hours a week just to make ends meet.

Stephanie, of Colchester, Essex, was forced to claim Jobseekers Allowance.

She added: I'm single so I don't have anyone to help me pay the bills, and being on benefits coming up to Christmas has been really hard. Fortunately I'm about to start a new job, but how I was treated just wasn't fair.

Portuguese whizz Mr Horta-Osorio will become one of the UK's highest-paid executives when he starts his new role in March.

He will get a basic salary of 1.03million despite the bank being 41 per cent owned by the taxpayer.

He is also in line for a bonus worth up to 225 per cent of his salary and a long-term incentive plan worth up to 420 per cent a total of 6.6million.

He will also be given a cash allowance of 610,000 to fund personal pension arrangements, bringing the overall total to a potential 8.3million after just a year in the job.

Lloyds has already admitted it signed a transfer fee to lure him from his current employer, Santander.

This golden hello is likely to run into many millions.

According to the Treasury, Mr Horta-Osorio will not be handed the full package unless he increases the amount of money Lloyds lends to cash-strapped small businesses.

Lloyds last night claimed Stephanie was on a short-term contract and on October 25 she was given seven days notice.

They claim the comments on Facebook came to light after that by which time, Stephanie was already due to leave.

A spokesman said: Lloyds Banking Group supports the responsible use of social media.

Stephanies story follows another bank worker this week who used Facebook to brag about a 6,000 redundancy payment she had been offered.

Katie Furlong, 23, described 3,500 job cuts at the Royal Bank of Scotland as the best news ever just minutes after the redundancies were announced in September.

She has now been sacked and will not receive a penny.

The debt officer told Facebook pals she would receive a nice payout after being offered redundancy by her manager.

But furious bosses claimed she breached the companys declaration of secrecy, amounting to gross misconduct and fired her.

d.collins@people.co.uk



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