Comment: The farce of union pilgrims

October 31, 2012 5:27 PM

Writing for The Commentator Alex Wild argues the farce of taxpayer funding of trade unions must end.

 

Writing for The Commentator Alex Wild argues the farce of taxpayer funding of trade unions must end.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance has today exposed the scandalous extent to which the public are still subsidising trade unions. Taxpayers are shelling out at least £113m a year in paid staff time (£92m) and direct payments to unions (£21m).

Whilst the full-time equivalent number of staff provided for unions has fallen slightly in absolute terms from 3,084 to 3,041, the faster fall in public sector employment means that the proportion of public sector staff who really work for unions has increased.

 

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