Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Labour Bungs Another £5m To Unions
The Labour government has just agreed to give their trade union paymasters another £5m of taxpayers' money. Our money.
This time it's ostensibly to fund a "legion of equality watchdogs" in the workplace. But it's actually just the latest instalment of the £10m Labour has promised unions in exchange for their continued financial support of the party.
They call this outrage the Union Modernisation Fund, and the first bungs took place in March. Then £3m was dished out to virtually all the bruvvers, including such model citizens as Bob Crowe's RMT, and ASLEF.
WTF should we taxpayers support trade unions? Just taking this latest £5m tranche, why should we pay for equality watchdogs that will do even more damage to our economic performance?
Oh yes, I forgot- this is about flexitime for women, and our Minister for Women (Ms Kelly) reckons "giving women the opportunity to do better quality jobs at a time that suits them could inject £23 billion a year into the UK economy". Not £22bn you note, or even £24bn, but £23bn- that's how precise you can be when you know about these things.
I'd rather believe David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, who says: "This is more red tape. Employers are absolutely smothered already with the sheer scale of employment legislation. Having introduced this legislation, why does the Government seem to lack trust in companies to implement it? As firms are trying to deal with it, they don't need the dead hand of the state monitoring their every move."
The unions contribute 82p of every funding pound the Labour Party receives.
Posted by Mike D at 7:56 am