Well, what did you expect?

Imagine you’re running a train company. You have a timetable for seven days a week. Your staff aren’t required to work on Sundays, but can volunteer to do so. Indeed, you need some of them to volunteer in order to run a service, so you sweeten the offer by paying them double for voluntary Sunday work.

With me so far? Excellent. Now, you decide to save money by ending the double pay arrangement. What happens?

  1. Employees continue to volunteer to work on Sundays out of the kindness of their hearts.
  2. Employees no longer volunteer to work on Sundays.

If you answered 1, then you’re probably a member of the management team of London Midland.


  1. David

    Wrote at 2009-09-07 23:46 UTC using Firefox 3.0.13 on Linux:

    To rub salt into the wounds, no doubt sooner or later we’ll be hearing how the management team at London Midland gave themselves massive pay rises and bonuses, too ;-)
  2. Ian

    Wrote at 2009-09-28 20:55 UTC using Firefox 3.5.3 on Windows XP:

    Some years ago the organisation for whom I used to work (and for whom a close relative of yours still does) proposed an early retirement scheme. The conditions were such that only those under the age of 55 could benefit financially. How many applicants were there?