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Anger at university bonuses

UNIONS have attacked plans to give staff at a university a Christmas bonus.

Members of the Unison branch at Edinburgh Napier University described the scheme to give staff a one-off payment of 0.5% of their salary as "unfair and unworthy" to lower-paid staff.

Emma Phillips, the union's regional organiser, said: "When you work it out, this means the many cleaning, catering and portering staff who are part-time would get just £80."

However, a spokeswoman for Edinburgh Napier said the bonus – which does not apply to senior management – was the right way to recognise the commitment and innovation of staff.

"We have continued to invest in our facilities and student experience and we are fortunate that our success means that we can reward and motivate staff in this way," she said.

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