UK Plc | Government pays Union staff

20 03 2010

More proof of the Government’s money-merry-go-round in the news that Labour has spent £17,000,000 in one year (2008/2009) of taxpayers’ monies on staff to carry out ‘trade union activities’.  Of course, Labour would only give our money to worthwhile causes and to them, what is more worthwhile than themselves?  Certainly not us the electorate.

Taxpayers’ money spent on union salaries

Whitehall departments are spending millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money paying the salaries of trade union officials.

James Kirkup, Political Correspondent.  Published: 8:00AM BST 20 Jun 2012

The Ministry of Justice said it paid its staff to carry out 43,208 days of trade union activity in 2008/09. The estimated total salary cost to the taxpayer was £6.5 million.

HM Revenue and Customs paid its staff for 48,902 days of union activity during, at a cost of £5,918,065

In the current financial year, the Department for Work and Pensions has budgeted to pay its staff to carry out 42,460 days of trade union activity, at an estimated cost of more than £5 million.

Several ministries said they effectively employ full-time union representatives at public expense.

The Department of Children, Schools and Families pays the salaries of four members of staff engaged in “national full-time trade union activity”. Their annual wage bill is £118,000.

The Department of Communities and Local Government employs two full time union workers at a cost of £95,000. It also spent £192,000 paying part-time union workers for their union activities.

The Department for International Development said it has one full-time staff member “allocated to undertake trade union activities” and paid £30,000 to £35,000

At the Treasury, one senior official spends three days a week on trade union activity.

Other Government bodies that confirmed they are paying for union activity include the Crown Prosecution Service, which spent £535,915 last year, the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, which spent £37,212, and the Royal Parks, which spent £29,333.

The total annual bill for trade union activity in Whitehall is likely to be significantly higher than £17 million, because several ministries and agencies have refused to provide figures for their spending.

The union representatives being paid by the Government are understood to be from a number of unions.

Many are members of the Public and Commercial Services Union and Prospect. Some based outside Whitehall are believed to be members of Unite, the union behind the British Airways strike.

Union representatives have had a statutory right to “reasonable paid time off” to carry out trade union duties since 1975.

Labour gave union representatives more rights to paid time off in 2002, passing a new law allowing union members paid time off for union training courses.

We haven’t moved on from the rotten boroughs of old.  Gerrymandering and buying votes with public money to entrench themselves is as rife today as it was in the last few centuries.

Still thinking of voting Establishment?  If so, there really is no hope for this Nation.

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