More taxpayer funded union activists at York City Council

September 29, 2011 4:48 PM

The York Press reported this week that two of the five planning officers at York City Council have been released to do full-time union duties.

Mike Slater, assistant director for planning and sustainable development said the council had a statutory duty to release union reps for duties, and other members of the enforcement team would now move up to full-time roles with an extra member being brought in.

So according to Mr Slater, council taxpayers should pay for these two officers to help organise strikes, protests, and engage in political campaigning, instead of the jobs we pay them to do. Cllr Sian Wiseman, who chairs the east area planning sub-committee, had this to say:

“One has to question the priorities of a council which either allows this to happen or which has found itself in a position where it can find itself dictated to regarding the secondment of officers to union duties. It’s the people of York who are being short-changed.”


If you agree with her, as we do, you can write to the leader of the council, Cllr James Alexander and express your views. If these two officers want to work full time for their union, they should resign from their posts at the council and become union employees, and not leave taxpayers to foot the bill.The York Press reported this week that two of the five planning officers at York City Council have been released to do full-time union duties.

Mike Slater, assistant director for planning and sustainable development said the council had a statutory duty to release union reps for duties, and other members of the enforcement team would now move up to full-time roles with an extra member being brought in.

So according to Mr Slater, council taxpayers should pay for these two officers to help organise strikes, protests, and engage in political campaigning, instead of the jobs we pay them to do. Cllr Sian Wiseman, who chairs the east area planning sub-committee, had this to say:

“One has to question the priorities of a council which either allows this to happen or which has found itself in a position where it can find itself dictated to regarding the secondment of officers to union duties. It’s the people of York who are being short-changed.”


If you agree with her, as we do, you can write to the leader of the council, Cllr James Alexander and express your views. If these two officers want to work full time for their union, they should resign from their posts at the council and become union employees, and not leave taxpayers to foot the bill.

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