Bonus for ferry workers

  • Oct. 10, 2008 2:00 p.m.

Full-time BC Ferries workers are receiving bonuses of up to $500 each this week because the corporation had a successful performance in its last fiscal year. BC Ferries said the $500 bonuses are part of an employee incentive program and have been paid out for at least the past three years. MLA Gary Coons, the NDP’s Ferries critic, said although “the optics of this are not good”, the $1.6-million being handed out to regular employees is insignificant compared to the salary and bonuses paid to management. “BCFS and the board of directors do not want to talk about this management bonus item as it would astonish ferry users and taxpayers,” Mr. Coons said. He said that BC Ferries chief executive David Hahn made $370,000 in 2006 and received a $185,000 performance bonus. That’s the latest figure available, Mr. Coons said, as BC Ferries has refused to release information about the most recent year’s management salaries and bonuses.