Click here to read Christopher Hope’s article in The Daily Telegraph on TURC.
Nicely weighted Guardian piece:"Fox backs rightwing campaign to undermine union resources" Why should we pick up the tab for said resources?
Mike Smithson of the Political Betting website said of Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday:
“For me the big news from PMQs was Cameron’s apparent commitment to cut all the trade union officials in public sector work places who are paid for out of the public purse. It didn’t sound as though this was planned and came out in response to a question.”
You can watch Laurence Robertson’s question and the PM’s reply courtesy of The Taxpayers’ Alliance video below:
Yesterday saw a public sector strike damaging to the taxpayer co-ordinated by an army of full time trade union activist paid by the tax payer. Thousands of union activists work full time at tax payers expense, often from tax payer funded facilities planning how to disrupt services.
There would be at least £133 million more of taxpayers’ money to pay our hard working nurses, teachers and social workers if the unions were not siphoning this from the pay and pensions of front line staff to pay for their own full time trade union activists.
The issue of full time funding of trade unions got its first public face when Mark Clarke, now the Chief Executive of TURC, exposed the case of Jane Pilgrim. Jane Pilgrim was a so called nurse who was actually a full time £40k a year trade union activist, running a private consultancy on the side, while squatting in a commune. She used her position to smear wholely unfairly the Secretary of State for Health. Initially, her case was taken up by the website Guido Fawkes, before being taken up by the Mail on Sunday. Eventually, it was raised in Parliament by David Morris MP who tabled an early day motion on her abuse of tax payers money. As a result of the pressure put by individuals now involved in the TURC campaign, she was forced by St George’s Hospital back into doing her actual job – being a full time nurse.
One down… Two thousand, eight hundred and thirty nine to go…
The Trade Union Reform Campaign is always interested in examples of other full time tax payer funded activists who abuse their position, so if you know of any, please contact us confidentially.
Click here to read Kelvin Mackenzie’s Daily Mail blog saying of TURC Chairman Aidan Burley MP: “Hats off to Tory MP Aidan Burley for pointing out that we could have an extra 2,800 nurses if the taxpayer stopped footing the £67?million bill for trade union officials in state-run industries; hospitals, police etc. If members want trade unions, fine — they should pay for it, not us.”
In a letter to TURC Chairman Aidan Burley MP, the Prime Minister wished the campaign all the best and said he strongly believes that the “current level of public subsidy to the trade unions cannot be sustained, either morally or economically.”
David Cameron also welcomed TURC’s research programmes, specifically the number of ‘Full Time Equivalents’ working on trade union activities at public expense.
You can click on the images below to see TURC Chairman Aidan Burley MP’s original letter to the Prime Minister and Mr Cameron’s reply.
“Tory backbencher Aidan Burley spoke for millions of taxpayers this week when he demanded to know why full-time trade union officials are being paid out of the public purse. An estimated £68 million a year is given to teachers, nurses and police officers who only carry out union business. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has vowed to end the practice. But just in case the Government was wavering, Mr Burley delivered a bravura performance in the Commons pointing out the absurdity of the arrangement – which Labour allowed to develop when they were in power. Mr Burley told the Commons: “In simple terms, the taxpayer is directly funding those organising strikes and chaos, and also indirectly funding the Labour Party, and I think that is wrong.” Hear hear.”
TURC has welcomed new research by The Taxpayers’ Alliance into taxpayer funding of trade unions in the UK.
The key findings of this research are:
Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley has become the first Chairman of the Trade Union Reform Campaign.
Aidan has championed the case for trade union reform in the House of Commons, especially in relation to reforming the law to stop taxpayer funded trade union activities, raising it at Prime Minister’s Questions, asking other Parliamentary Questions and through the holding of an Adjournment debate in the House of Commons where he ended his oration by a demand that “this spanish practice must end”.
You can watch Aidan’s House of Commons Adjournment Debate on the subject below:
Today sees the launch of the Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC). This campaigning group is designed to reform the anomalies which see trade unions unfairly take public money and resources to support their own objectives while holding the tax payer to ransom.
At least £133 million of taxpayers money is used by trade unions to pay for union staff working to further union ends while tax payers pick up the bill. This amount is almost certainly a gross underestimate. Further resources are also expended through the use of facilities which are donated free of charge to Unions which should instead be classrooms or nurses surgeries. Government departments even get involved in docking the pay of workers to pay for union subs at no charge to the union. This is all money and resources which should be better directed towards front line staff like nurses, social workers, doctors and teachers. This misspending is present across all elements of state spending – from central government to the NHS to schools to our local authorities. As the Prime Minister himself has said “I do not think full-time trade unionists working in the public sector on trade union business rather than serving the public is right, and we will put that to an end”.
Mark Clarke is the Chief Executive, responsible for the day to day running of the campaign. Mark first brought this issue to public notice with the exposure of Jane Pilgrim – a so called nurse who was actually a full time £40k a year trade union activist, running a private consultancy on the side while squatting in a commune.