Trade Union Funding
I was interested to see that Reading West MP Alok Sharma has submitted Freedom of Information requests to local authorities across the country to seek answers as to which use Council Tax payers funds to pay for full-time Trades Union officials. He has an interesting article on Conservative Home this morning which highlights the fact that of 429 Councils, 132 paid full-time Trades Union officials, costing £35m! Of the top 10 spenders, 9 are Labour controlled, and some large Labour authorities had failed to respond.
Here in Reading we know that over the last 12 years under Labour’s watch £1.4m has been spent on three full time Union officials; something that has been stopped by the Conservative led administration. Alok poses the interesting question as to whether Labour would re-instate this fund of their Trade Union buddies if they were to return to control in Reading. What he doesn’t point out is that some of those same Unions also donate to the Labour party locally and nationally.
“Nice work if you can get it” indeed!