Non-job of the week

November 30, 2011 4:16 PM

In our report last, week, we revealed that trade unions are subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of £113 million. That is made up of an estimated £80 million in paid staff time, plus £33 million in direct payments. This is an increase of £7 million from 2009/10.

One of the beneficiaries of our cash is the Union Learning Fund. This was created by the last government in 1998 with the aim of promoting 'activity by trade unions in support of the objective of creating a learning society.'

Non-Job of the WeekIn plain English, this means that instead of unions paying for their training courses out of the subscriptions they receive from their members, taxpayers pick up the tab.

On a day when our bins are not be emptied, many schools across the country are closed, and some operations in our hospitals are being cancelled, we are paying for the staff time to organise the strikes and the courses that teach them how to do it.

Ironically, the TUC is currently advertising for a Media and Public Affairs Officer for unionlearn - the body responsible for administering the Union Learning Fund. This comes with a salary £38,534, and part of this role's job description is to be responsible for the provision of good news stories and information raising the profile of unionlearn to the national, regional, local, specialist and union media.

This is a non-job as far as taxpayers are concerned. If the TUC wants to employ a media officer to promote its training courses, that is up to them, but it should not be done with our cash.

 

Media and Public Affairs Officer - unionlearn


Grade 7: Salary £38,534 per annum rising incrementally to £39,929 pa including London Weighting

Unionlearn is the education and skills section of the TUC. We administer the government’s union learning fund and promote lifelong learning and skills in the work place. The communications team are responsible for the promotion of unionlearn and its work, for liaising with the media and opinion formers and ensuring that the skills agenda and our work on learning in the workplace remain part of the wider debate on learning and skills.

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of good news stories and information raising the profile of unionlearn to the national, regional, local, specialist and union media.

As well as having experience of writing for publications and/or high quality websites, the successful candidate will also need to demonstrate:

• Qualitative research and analysis including interview techniques

• Participatory research projects, finding stories or data which illustrate issues

• Project management

• Experience of working on public affairs campaigns

• Excellent communication skills including writing press releases, reports and features

• Good computer literacy including handling database programmes and ability to source material from the internet and publish online.In our report last, week, we revealed that trade unions are subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of £113 million. That is made up of an estimated £80 million in paid staff time, plus £33 million in direct payments. This is an increase of £7 million from 2009/10.

One of the beneficiaries of our cash is the Union Learning Fund. This was created by the last government in 1998 with the aim of promoting 'activity by trade unions in support of the objective of creating a learning society.'

Non-Job of the WeekIn plain English, this means that instead of unions paying for their training courses out of the subscriptions they receive from their members, taxpayers pick up the tab.

On a day when our bins are not be emptied, many schools across the country are closed, and some operations in our hospitals are being cancelled, we are paying for the staff time to organise the strikes and the courses that teach them how to do it.

Ironically, the TUC is currently advertising for a Media and Public Affairs Officer for unionlearn - the body responsible for administering the Union Learning Fund. This comes with a salary £38,534, and part of this role's job description is to be responsible for the provision of good news stories and information raising the profile of unionlearn to the national, regional, local, specialist and union media.

This is a non-job as far as taxpayers are concerned. If the TUC wants to employ a media officer to promote its training courses, that is up to them, but it should not be done with our cash.

 

Media and Public Affairs Officer - unionlearn


Grade 7: Salary £38,534 per annum rising incrementally to £39,929 pa including London Weighting

Unionlearn is the education and skills section of the TUC. We administer the government’s union learning fund and promote lifelong learning and skills in the work place. The communications team are responsible for the promotion of unionlearn and its work, for liaising with the media and opinion formers and ensuring that the skills agenda and our work on learning in the workplace remain part of the wider debate on learning and skills.

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of good news stories and information raising the profile of unionlearn to the national, regional, local, specialist and union media.

As well as having experience of writing for publications and/or high quality websites, the successful candidate will also need to demonstrate:

• Qualitative research and analysis including interview techniques

• Participatory research projects, finding stories or data which illustrate issues

• Project management

• Experience of working on public affairs campaigns

• Excellent communication skills including writing press releases, reports and features

• Good computer literacy including handling database programmes and ability to source material from the internet and publish online.

Latest Blogs:

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Aid spending needs to be more transparent

4:55 PM 08, Dec 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

The sugar tax and the public finances

6:00 AM 05, Dec 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Working for the taxman

6:00 AM 26, Nov 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Further thoughts on the Autumn Statement

4:56 PM 24, Nov 2016 James Price