I agree with John Carpenter (NCE 15 June), good planning and effective management will inevitably result in a safe working environment, with a good quality product delivered on time and to budget. Paying a bonus for output indicates a failure to agree 'reasonable hourly rates' in the first place.
Robin Chaplin's example of piecework brickwork is a classic misconception of reality. At the end of the week brickies will be paid on measurement.
Quality (pride) is only a factor because they have to attain a minimum standard or they will not get paid.
During the week how many corners will have been cut with ladders, handrails, toeboards, forklifts etc in order that bread can be put on the table?
Dan McMullan, 26 Dunbar Wharf, Narrow Street, London E14 8BB.