Workers at the Mercedes Benz Retail Group have been awarded a £900 bonus for going the extra mile during the pandemic, Unite the union said today (Wednesday 23 December).

Unite, which represents hundreds of vehicle technicians at various outlets across London, said the company set an example that other organisations and businesses could well follow in acknowledging the efforts of workers battling to maintain services during Covid-19 restrictions.

Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said: “This is good news for our members working at the Mercedes Benz Retail Group who well-deserve this £900 bonus which will be in their January pay packets.

“We have been pushing for months for a bonus to be paid in recognition of the work our members have done throughout the pandemic, both in support of the company, but also for key workers, such as NHS staff, who have needed to keep their vehicles on the road.  Our members have gone the extra mile.

“We represent vehicle technicians at multiple sites across London and, after it was announced last month that Daimler employees in Germany would be getting a bonus, we argued the same should be given to employees here in the UK.

“This is a good news story when positive announcements are currently in short supply – and Mercedes Benz has set an example that other businesses could follow in recognition of the efforts their respective staffs have made during the continuing pandemic.”

Mercedes Benz Retail Group sites include Brentford, Brooklands, Colindale, Croydon, Heathrow, Temple Fortune and Watford.

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.