TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to crackdown on paid time off for union officials

For immediate release


Responding to plans to cap trade union facility time, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"These rules to reign in facility time for public sector officials are long overdue. 

"After a decade of campaigning and a round of frustrating summer strikes, the government is right to lay the groundwork for a cap on taxpayer subsidies to the trade unions. 

"The two Tory leadership contenders could win taxpayers' trust by promising to implement this crackdown as soon as possible." 


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Media contact:

Joe Ventre
Digital Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


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. More than 60 MPs supported a recent TaxPayers’ Alliance campaign calling for the changes.

  4. The TaxPayers’ Alliance first uncovered the cost of facility time and the existence of trade union ‘pilgrims’ in groundbreaking research in 2010.
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