IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
Our colleagues at the TPA have campaigned successfully against union subsidies. This means that the number of civil servants working for the unions at the taxpayers’ expense will now be reduced sharply. Currently, 0.26 per cent of the payroll in the Civil Service is spent on union representation, compared to 0.04 per cent in the private sector.
"Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding staff to work for trade unions, providing them with a huge activist base to support strikes and freeing up resources for political campaigns", says Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TPA.
"However, similar action is also going to be required elsewhere in the public sector. Only then will the days of nurses and council staff working full-time for the union instead of doing the job for which they are paid be consigned to history." Read more