The BBC reports that Shropshire Council is to slash it annual subsidy to Unison – which is currently almost £100,000 a year.

The Council leader Cllr Keith Barrow feels it is wrong that Council Taxpayers money should be used to campaign against the Council. They will reduce the subsidy to a level paid to other trade unions.

The BBC report adds:

The funding currently covers the equivalent of two and a half Unison local branch salaries, as well as use of offices and a social club at Shire hall.

Over the last two years the council said Unison staff time was covered up to the value of £132,746.

That compares with £65,416 awarded to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), and significantly less for other unions

With strike action among Council workers, even when their dispute is with central Government rather than their employers, I suspect that other councils will also be reviewing these payments.

Meanwhile Plymouth City Council has de-recognised Unison after the union refused to agree to the pay and conditions terms which are actually intended to minimise job losses. Unison opposition came despite their members voting to accept the changes

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