TaxPayers' Alliance reveals Trade Union Rich List

As trade unions threaten disruptive strikes, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) this morning reveals 45 trade union leaders took home pay packets of £100,000 or more.

The findings are part of the TPA's Trade Union Rich List, which details all Trade Union General Secretaries and Chief Executives whose total remuneration exceeded £100,000 in the financial year 2016-17.
Key Findings:
  • 45 trade union leaders took home pay packets of £100,000 or more. This places them comfortably within the category of 'wealthy' as defined by Labour Party's Shadow Minister John McDonnell; they are in the top 5 per cent of earners in the UK. 
  • Total pay of the union leaders earning over £100,000 was over £5.7 million in 2016 -17 
Table 1. Top 10 Highest Remunerated Union Bosses 

Commenting on this report Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:

"These union bosses claim to speak for workers but it looks hypocritical when they take home whopping salaries at the same time as they criticise high pay elsewhere. Worse still, the union coffers that their pay comes from are boosted by millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, which makes it easier for them to offer these generous pay packets."
TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contacts

Chloe Westley
Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Notes to editors

1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at
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