Jun 2011 28

As trade unions threaten disruptive strikes, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) this morning reveals 37 trade union leaders took home pay packets of £100,000 or more.

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The findings are part of the TPA’s Trade Union Rich List, which details all Trade Union General Secretaries and Chief Executives whose total remuneration exceeded £100,000 in the financial year 2009-10.

Key Findings

  • 37 trade union leaders took home pay packets of £100,000 or more
  • Total pay of the union leaders earning over £100,000 was over £4.6 million in 2009-10 (up 5.4 per cent from under £4.4 million in 2008-09 for the leaders of the same unions)
  • Remuneration (09-10) for leaders of big public sector unions that are launching strikes or have threatened to do so recently:

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Matthew Sinclair, Director, The TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“Trade unions leaders are fighting necessary spending cuts and plan disruptive strikes that are against the public interest. These union fat cats claim to speak for workers but it looks hypocritical when they take home whopping salaries at the same time as they criticise high pay elsewhere. Worse still, the union coffers that their pay comes from are boosted by millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, which makes it easier for them to offer these generous pay packets.”

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  • Nqpksvpw

    Just for a sense of perspective, would it be possible to add the worldwide total incomes of the top members of the tax payers alliance to this article? It may help get the point across more?

    • Nqpksvpw

      Though I should mention that I am not suggesting that these figures may be higher or lower or than those mentioned above and also I am not suggesting that these figures will be affected in any way by the fact that i mentioned worldwide.  In fact, I was not suggesting anything other than…lets prove how high these trade union bosses wages are!

      • Orac54aq

        I’m a director of my company, and Bob Crow earns more than me. Your point was?

  • Blarg1987

    Could you add a comparison say to CEO of outsourced or privatised public sector services who benefit from state contracts or subsidies so that it would give us an idea of how much higher or lower wages should be in proportion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Elsy/1166547495 Richard Elsy

    Seems very fair to me and no doubt justified on the grounds of comparability with the positions of other megalomaniac shit-stirrers in the private sector!

  • bsmith

    Every time we get a non-Socialist government the democratic deficit that is the trades union movement is revealed in all its stark clarity. Labour lost the election (even if they can claim the tories didn’t clearly win it that they lost it is beyond a doubt) so what do they do? What they always do; they unleash their paramilitary wing – otherwise known as the brothers – and obstruct or defeat the policies of the recognised government and work to achieve their own that way.
    The political motivation behind these strikes, and those planned for later in the year, is quite plain and confirmed by everything the strikers and their organisers say. The double franchise the socialist agenda enjoys through this mechanism should be addressed. Most of us only get one vote at one election.
    And don’t get me started on the government’s craven surrender to trades union funding. It is high time the opt-out became an opt-in and trades union official expenses were paid for by the unions and not their notional employers. Unpaid leave of absence, fine but free accommodation, office services and their salary as though they were working is ludicrous.
    It’s as though a burgled householder were obliged to wrap the swag in case it got broken while the burglar carried it away.