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37 fat cat trade union leaders earn more than £100,000

By Tim Montgomerie
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See The Mail and Sun for reports of the TPA research.

The TaxPayers' Alliance came to national prominence for exposing high pay and expenses abuse in the public sector and they have, today, turned their attention to the trade union movement.

  • The TPA finds that 37 trade union leaders take home pay of £100,000 or more. Derek Simpson of Unite is the fattest union fat cat with remuneration of £186,626.
  • The total pay of the union leaders earning over £100,000 was over £4.6 million in 2009-10 (up 5.4% in just one year).

Taxpayers are indirectly paying for the brothers' top salaries. Last week we published TPA research which found that trade union organisers were being funded by us at the cost of £67 million per year. Matthew Sinclair of the TPA commented:

"Trade unions leaders are fighting necessary spending cuts and plan disruptive strikes that are against the public interest. These union fat cats 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."

> Download a PDF of the TPA's full Trade Union Rich List.