City chiefs have been urged to investigate new figures that show nearly £500,000 of taxpayers' money is spent every year supporting trade union officials representing council workers in Edinburgh.
Conservative councillor Gordon Buchan has called for a probe by council chief executive Sue Bruce after figures showed that giving staff time off work for union duties cost £473,965 in 2009/10.
The figure in Edinburgh is more than double the amount that Glasgow City Council said it costs.
At the city council, the equivalent of 17.5 full-time workers are permanently dedicated to doing union work.
My comment: The fact that it's more than double the amount of Glasgow City Council council demands an explanation.
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