Aslef bosses take home £280,000 in pay and perks

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With the transport unions having voted on the ‘biggest rail strike in 25 years’, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that just two Aslef trade union bosses had a combined total remuneration of £281,601 in 2021.

Aslef’s general secretary, Mick Whelan, took home £151,371 in total remuneration in 2021. While Aslef’s Assistant General Secretary, Simon Weller, received £130,230 in the same year. This was a more than 10 per cent pay rise on the previous year, when inflation was at 2.6 per cent between 2020-21, according to the Bank of England.

Total remuneration includes gross salary, employers’ national insurance contribution, pension contributions and other benefits, such as a car or housing allowance and health insurance.


Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers are fed up with lectures and disruption from loaded union leaders.

“These red barons are dooming commuters to misery, but are sitting comfortably as some of Britain’s biggest earners in taxpayer-backed unions.

“Ministers must take a stand against these hypocritical union heads.”


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Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
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Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers’ Alliance publishes their annual Trade Union Rich List. Last year’s release found the average remuneration of the top 30 public sector union bosses was £150,755 in 2020.

  4. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Heather Wheeler MP endorsed a recent TaxPayers’ Alliance report revealing that 24,000 public sector workers were moonlighting as trade union reps.
  5. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has launched a petition to ‘Stop Subsidising the Strikes’.
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