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Investigate Trade Union Funds

Comment 8th July 2010

If there is one solitary factor standing in the way of British economic recovery, it is the power of the Trade Unions. Unions collect funds from all members on a regular basis, sometimes for many years without any specific outlay. These funds were puportedly to support union members through finacial hardship as a result of strike action.

Today it is more likely to fund the lavish lifestyle of union bosses and their "executive committees". The unions have grown more powerful with every passing year and as their power grows, so too do the funds they amass.

Whilst there are possibly some unions who have only the well-being of their members at heart, there are those who blatantly misuse their position and funds entrusted to them by gullible members.

It is time these union funds were investigated, both for indications that union executives are syphoning off the cream for themselves and to see exactly what percentage of these funds is used in the best interests of union members.

As the British public are directly and indirectly affected by stike action, as is growth of our industries, increased employment and reduction of our national debt, it is only reasonable that trade union subscriptions are subjected to public scrutiny. That way the irresponsible actions of some trade unions can be brought under control, thus paving the way for willing workers in every sector to work toward strengthening our economy so that all may benefit.

Why does this matter?

It is important that our elected government investigate the financial affairs of Trade Unions, just as companies and individuals may be subjected to financial scrutiny. The unions have no excuse to prevent such investigations into the funds they control, as they claim to have the interests of employees at heart and any investigating authority will also have the interests of union members at heart.

Unions do not help anyone in the long term; prolonged strikes in the coal mining industry caused terrible hardship to the miners and the end result was that British coal priced itself out of the market. Unions were behind the plethora of strikes in the car industry; now there are hardly any British car marques left on our roads. Union's unrealistic demands for wages have cost this country dearly; look at Royal Mail, which may yet be sold; look at British Air and the costs of union's intransigence. Yet their collection of funds and what happens to those funds goes unquestioned. 

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