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Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers'

www.taxpayersalliance.com Research Note 76 1 Taxpayer funding of trade unions Public sector trade unions are preparing to fight spending cuts, threatening strikes, and they do so with the advantage of significant funding at taxpayers’ expense. Strikes have been announced for the coming weeks and the TUC conference will see further planning for a campaign against cuts. This research note reveals for the first time the huge amounts that the unions have received in direct grants and paid staff time from public sector organisations – Departments, quangos, councils, NHS Trusts and fire authorities – in the financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10. The key findings are: � Trade unions received £85.8 million from public sector organisations in 2009-10. � That is made up of £18.3 million in direct payments from public sector organisations and an estimated £67.5 million in paid staff time. � The total is up 14 per cent from 2008-09, when trade unions received £76.1 million from public sector organisations. � Direct payments include a total of £13.0 million in 2008-09 and £14.9 million in 2009-10 paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through the Union Learning Fund and the Union Modernisation Fund. � 2,493 full time equivalent public sector employees worked for trade unions at the taxpayers’ expense in 2009-10. � Total public funding for the trade unions in 2009-10 was 20 percent more than the combined political contributions to the Labour Party and the Conservative Party in 2008-09. 2 1 Financial support for this research paper was provided by the Politics and Economics Research Trust (charity number 1121849). Any views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not those of the research trust or of its trustees. 2 See the electoral commission http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/news-and-media/newsreleases/electoral-commission-media-centre/news-releases-donations/main-political-parties-2009-financialaccounts-published 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL � www.taxpayersalliance.com � 0845 330 9554 (office hours) � 07795 084 113 (24 hours) 1

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