The leaders of some of Britain’s biggest unions saw their pay and perks rocket by up to 30 per cent last year, despite the impact of the recession on their members.
Official figures reveal that some union barons have fared far better in the downturn than the ‘fat cat’ company directors they criticise, whose pay rose an average 10 per cent last year. Many union chiefs are earning six-figure pay packages.
Left-wing firebrand Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the super-union Unite, was paid £122,108 in salary and benefits.
His pay package represents a 30 per cent increase on the previous year, when he was paid £93,407 in salary and benefits, which include a grace-and-favour flat in London.
Gosh, what should we do about this new outbreak of greed?
Surely it will be condemned by the usual suspects?
Just to give a flavour of relative values…..yes, Unite has 2 million members and at the rate of one union official per 2,000 members (that’s the rate someone just said was about right for the public sector) that would mean say 1,000 who actually work for the union.
1,000 people ain’t all that large an organisation, there are plenty of middle managers running that sort of sized set up out there and very few of them are on as much as £120 grand plus a grace and favour pad in London.
Disgusting I call it…..