TaxPayers' Alliance reveals union fat cats

September 14, 2011 1:01 AM

As unions demand a mass movement against the spending cuts at the TUC conference, the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals the huge pay packets of union leaders.


The Trade Union Rich List 2011 uses new data that has been published since the TPA's previous Trade Union Rich List. This relates to the financial year 2010-11 and is the most up to date information available on the pay and perks of trade union leaders.


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Click here for the complete press release





The key findings of this research are:




  • 38 trade union general secretaries and chief executives received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2010-11 (37 in 2009-10)

  • The total pay of the general secretaries and chief executives earning over £100,000 was nearly £5.2 million in 2010-11

  • Former joint General Secretary of Unite Derek Simpson received over £500,000, including severance pay of £310,000


Click here to read the full report





Click here for the complete press release


Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:


“It is absolutely disgusting that union barons plotting disruptive strikes are enjoying six-figure pay and benefit packages. There is more than enough pressure on families already without the inconvenience of major strikes. If union members really think their leaders are worth this kind of money, they should pay for it themselves. This is one more reason to end the indirect subsidy of all their spending unions get with thousands of activists paid at taxpayers’ expense.”



As unions demand a mass movement against the spending cuts at the TUC conference, the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals the huge pay packets of union leaders.


The Trade Union Rich List 2011 uses new data that has been published since the TPA's previous Trade Union Rich List. This relates to the financial year 2010-11 and is the most up to date information available on the pay and perks of trade union leaders.


Click here to read the full report


Click here for the complete press release





The key findings of this research are:




  • 38 trade union general secretaries and chief executives received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2010-11 (37 in 2009-10)

  • The total pay of the general secretaries and chief executives earning over £100,000 was nearly £5.2 million in 2010-11

  • Former joint General Secretary of Unite Derek Simpson received over £500,000, including severance pay of £310,000


Click here to read the full report





Click here for the complete press release


Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:


“It is absolutely disgusting that union barons plotting disruptive strikes are enjoying six-figure pay and benefit packages. There is more than enough pressure on families already without the inconvenience of major strikes. If union members really think their leaders are worth this kind of money, they should pay for it themselves. This is one more reason to end the indirect subsidy of all their spending unions get with thousands of activists paid at taxpayers’ expense.”



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