On today’s programme we heard about a banker who described his bonus as “miserly” – well it was only €400,000 so you can well understand his disappointment.
Over many yeas I was fortunate enough to benefit from a bonus, even if it was just a large Christmas turkey – and very grateful I have been.
But this man was clearly in another league and freaked out after he was handled a bonus of a mere €400,000 (£334,566) as it was €100,000 less than his award the previous year.
On being handed the bonus, Fabio Filippi, completely “lost it” and started shouting at his bosses.
Italian, Fabio had apparently joined BNP Paribas in London in 1999 working his way up to a senior position, but his bosses said they saw his work performance take a dip.
At its peak enjoyed a combined salary package worth the equivalent of £700,000.
Fabio asserted that he was being treated unfairly because he was not French and not based in Paris.
After the blow-up PNP Parabas said that whilst they recognised his historic contribution to the business his role in the team no longer made sense from a business perspective and he was given 6 months notice.
This resulted in Fabio taking his former employers to a tribunal, where he claimed unfair dismissal for whistleblowing about his concerns of alleged ‘illegal’ businesses being conducted by BNP Paribas.
The court did not agree and upheld the dismissal.
In the second hour of today’s programme I was delighted to be joined by our old friend, JULIAN MAY, who you may recall has visited us previously as one of the members of RICH CLIFFORD AND THE YOUNG ONCE who then dropped RICH CLIFFORD from the name, albeit JULIAN was RICH CLIFFORD. Anyway he was back with us today along with ANGELA GARDNER, and JON GREAVES (but sadly bass guitarist BETH PRATT couldn’t make it) but they are all jointly known as THE REMEDY.
Now a little time ago they recorded and released a song specially for THE MALDON MUD RACE and now inspired by by the hardy souls who pound the capital’s streets for 26.2 gruelling miles every year, they’ve taken things a step further and written and recorded Marathon Song in celebration of the London Marathon which takes place this year on the 2nd October.
The London Marathon was the brainchild of Chris Brasher and John Disley who launched the event in 1981 after having seen The New York Marathon and as the idea of The London Marathon is to have fun, provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world and to discover how wonderful a city marathon can be, we must all keep up the pace.
The song is written from the perspective of the runner taking part as they move through the iconic sights of London and endeavour to keep up the pace to the finish line to raise funds for the various charities.
Anyway listen here to our chat today: –
I hope to have the pleasure of your company again tomorrow,