Tories call for union reps’ cash to be cut

TORIES in Northumberland have criticised the amount of tax payers’ money being paid in wages to full-time union officials.

In 2010 to 2011 Northumberland County Council spent £68,356 paying the wages of staff undertaking full time union duties.

Peter Jackson said: “We do support the right of the unions to represent the interests of their members, but it is wrong for the council tax payers to be directly funding this activity.”

The recent figures increased slightly from 61,772 the previous year, which is likely to be due to the ongoing consultation into equal pay and single status, taking place between trade unions and the council.

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council, said: “We are always reviewing the payments made to council officials working on trade union business.

“The costs fluctuate depending on the need for trade union officials within the council.”