Friday, 29 April 2011

Union reps bankrolled by council tax

Councils which are slashing frontline services have used at least £35million of taxpayers’ money to pay the wages of full-time union officials.

Figures released under Freedom of Information laws show at least 132 councils have paid for hundreds of union representatives, who provide no public service. Some are on more than £50,000 a year.

Ministers accused local authorities of preferring to keep on union representatives to ‘peddle’ propaganda against deficit reduction measures than maintain libraries and other valued facilities.

The total salary bill over the three year period for full-time union reps was £35million, while a further £2million has gone on the cost of providing additional council resources.

My comment: And there was me thinking union members funded union officials. In addition, why does Sheffield Council need 18 full time union officials at a cost of over £500,000? All paid for by the taxpayer rather than their members.

Read the full story from the source Mail On-Line

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