End Taxpayer Funded Trade Unions

Huge amounts of taxpayers’ money is given to trade unions through direct funding or paid staff time from public sector bodies. In addition, a number of public sector bodies automatically deduct trade union subscriptions in the payroll process, often without charging the unions for that additional administrative support.

Trade Unions consist of a voluntary body of members and should only receive support of the members that support them, not the support of the ordinary taxpayer. Our research is focused on uncovering the size of taxpayer funding of trade unions in order to raise awareness of this issue and put pressure to end the funding. In addition, the administrative support they receive means that we have nurses, teachers and other public sector workers battling paperwork rather than doing their jobs.

We have already had success in this campaign but continue to update our research and continue spreading awareness of this issue.


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