‘Tories want rid of unions’

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MORE details have emerged about the £250,000 a year which Calderdale Council uses to “employ” trades union representatives.

Conservative councillors have revealed that £37,255 pays for a full-time conveynor for the biggest union, Unison.

Another £80,000 goes towards the cost of union representatives involved in education services.

Calderdale’s NUT branch secretary Sue McMahon said that money was divided among nine unions – the NUT, the NASUWT, the NAHT, ATL, ASCL, Aspect, AEP, Voice and CYWU.

It is not available for any other purpose and certainly cannot be used for political donations.

“It would appear from the statement by the Conservatives that they want to get rid of trades unions,” she said.

According to Tory leader Stephen Baines, further part-time union representatives add another £135,700 to the total bill.