July 4th, 2011

Labour’s £51,000 Pilgrim

Yesterday’s News of the World hailed, with paywall smashing fanfare, a huge clamp down on taxpayer funding of trade union officials. Music to Guido’s ears after his long campaign against such pilgrims.

Mad Frankie Maude is on the rampage with his axe:

“Maude is ready to tear up workers’ rights laws that force struggling families to pay the wages of full-time union officials in public services. A senior Whitehall source said: “We’re looking closely at the huge levels of support unions receive. This is high on our agenda.”

The momentum is building. There is no justification for the taxpayer paying a lobbying organisation to fight for an unsustainable mess in the interests of a vocal minority group. We don’t pay the arms dealers and the tobacco lobbyists’ staffing bills…

Take this classic example flagged up by the Black Country’s Express and Star:

“Judy Foster is employed as an administration officer by the fire service. But for the past seven years the Labour councillor has been devoting all her working time to Unison, representing 280 fire workers. The fire service has now insisted that Councillor Foster spends half her working time on fire service duties and half with the union. But Unison has appealed against the offer and says her union work should be full time and funded entirely by the taxpayer.”

Why? On what grounds?

“Councillor Foster, who was elected in 1998, already picks up £9,300 in allowances from Dudley Council along with £14,475 as vice chairman of the West Midlands Police Authority. With her £28,000 job, it brings her combined taxpayer-funded salary and allowances to more than £51,000.”

Guido reckons he’s found an “efficiency saving” right there.


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    am shocked!


    • 4
      Deep Froat says:

      Oh dear the wheels appear to be coming off the Gravy Train. What a catastrophe.
      I should imagine there is nothing we can do.

      Oh dear,
      How sad,
      Never mind.


    • 7
      The Extent of Local Authority Corruption is the Biggest Unreported Scandal of All says:

      Yes, this a complete surprise. Who would have thought it?


      • 91
        David MacGille-Mhuire says:



        • 178
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Is Mad Maud on the case of everyone ripping us off for their second jobs?

          Is this so different from Clegg having so many staffers that MPs question the half a million pound costs of running his office so he can leave early each day and do half a day on Fridays?

          How about the scandal of MPs second jobs? McDoom has hardly attended parliament for over a year; earns over £470,000 from his second job and still accrues his pension rights as an MP and all the expenses associated with his first job.

          Come on Guido, let’s have a bit more on the second jobs and interests of politicians who are paid handsomely for being an MP, but spend a large proportion of their time on their own work rather than being an MP.


          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            Most council parasites go on to be MPs like the Lie Dumb Heath for Somerton, look at his expense claims and how his doctor wife is also paid as a staffer, surprised she could find the spare time. Useless leech.


      • 184
        Eric Pickles says:

        I could not have put it any better. The trouble is, totally corrupt Local Government is represented by the even more corrupt LGA and regulated by the still more corrupt Local Government Ombudsman:



        • 187
          Eric Pickles Dog says:

          Another website showing Local Government Ombudsman corruption:



          • Eric Pickles Dog's Bollocks says:

            I would and should do something about this blatant and deliberate Institutional LG corruption; trouble is, if I do, they will drop us in the shit, as they have too much evidence against us, and would certainly use it against us. Local Government is certainly totally corrupt, as is the LGA and LGO, but so also is politics. C’est la vie.


        • 193
          Flim flam says:

          Stoke Council are paying for EIGHT union officials. It was in the local paper today and the Council are saying that they need these ‘pilgrims’ because UNISON want their members well represented in the work place! Have you guessed which party runs this glorious Council? It’s Leiber in all its c@rrupt glory.


          • Eric's Pie Shop says:

            Corrupt Local Government, Corrupt LGA, corrupt LGO in fact is there anything beginning with LG that isn’t corrupt. I am even beginning to think the DCLG is also corrupt because they never do anything about LG, LGA and LGO corruption. Looks like LG anywhere in the initials is bad news for the taxpayer.


          • Southern Softy says:

            I’ve got one of their tellys
            and sometimes the red button service is corrupt.


        • 219
          Eric's pissed on his own bonfire of the Quangos says:

          Don’t forget the DCLG, they and others forced our Eric to piss on his own bonfire of the Quangos.


      • 214
        steam iron says:

        Thats £182 per fire fighter. Can’t they pay themselves?


    • 13
      Parasitic Left wriggling Worms says:

      So councillor Foster spends her whole working life making a nusaince of her self and ALL at the public expense. Then in the evenings (I hope it’s the evening) she transfers over to expenses and they too are ALL at the public expense.

      Can we really afford such parasites, isn’t it time we eradicated them?


      • 179
        David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

        She is taking her lead from the MPs. How many are paid for TV appearances, lobbying work, speeches and directorships. Good examples are Milipede senior and McDoom. I would challenge Guido to research where they spent most of their time: as an MP or on their second jobs? Did they still accrue their pension rights as an MP while spending so much time on the their private gain adventures?


        • 180
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          MPs do not have to think much, they are told which way to vote, most laws come from the EU so it is difficult to understand why we need 648, most of whom can have a second house to boost their pension- of course paid for by the taxpayer.


      • 185
        Phil says:

        What pisses me off is that we, the taxpayers, have been paying to prop up these fxxking dinosaurs for years.


    • 33
      Engineer says:

      It was a big mistake to pay salaries, or ‘allowances’ to councillors and MPs. Reimbursement of legitimate expenses – fine, but salary? No.

      Public service should be just that – public service. Not public milking or fleecing.

      As for Ms Foster, £51,000 per annum of council tax payers’ money for no administrative work done for the Fire Service? Agreed, Guido – an obvious ‘efficiency saving’ can be made here.


      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        You only have to look at a worthless f*cker like brian white, a typical parasitic labour MP. The good people of milton Keynes dispensed with his services in no uncertain terms in 2005. Since then his main function in life has been trying to get back on the public teat as a paid councilor. Paid councilor positions attract the very dregs of the labour party, those with a belief in their divine right to live off the tax payer.


      • 92
        Anonymous says:

        Not as worse as people coming here from other countries and living here on dole.


    • 58
      Sleepless in Kirkaldy says:

      Don’t forget to axe the union modernisation fund


      • 189
        The Golem says:

        Good point. I wonder why it still exists? It could be I suppose that DC thinks it does a good job and deserves every support, like the BBC.


    • 89
      Anonymous says:

      Its not as worse as people come here from other countries and living here on dole!


    • 127
      Faceless Bureaucrat says:

      She looks a deeply unpleasant individual…


  2. 2
    albert hall says:

    I bet that Jane pilgrim is wishing she’d kept her big mouth shut.


  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This blows the myth that somehow labour care about “front-line” services and the people that fund it (Taxpayers), This is first-class abuse of taxpayers money.

    Labour have created a ponzi funding scheme, hire union staff (Unemployable in private sector) out of taxpayers money so the union can then spend the money on funding labour!

    Up the workers? No more like screw the workers!


    • 14
      Smig says:

      The union bosses no longer care about workers. They only care about the subs that they pay.

      We are a long, long way from the ideals of representation and being paid an honest wage for honest work. The idealism of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has been cast aside in order to make unions bosses (The Fat Twats) wealthy and to give them the money to stir up political shenanigans.

      The unions have become the very same thieves, charlatans and frauds that they originally fought against.

      Fuck them. Fuck Labour. Fucking wake up people.


      • 102
        Pilgrim Father says:

        The exploitation of the workers by the workers is far worse than the exploitation of the workers by capitalists. Ask the population of the former Soviet Union. 28 million deaths in the Great Patriotic War; 50% caused by their own side to keep the ultimate Pilgrim in power.
        Socialism doncha luv it?


      • 195
        M says:

        The union bosses who claim represent the workers . What qualification do you need ?. Surely employment law would be one after all the worker has to produce qualifications to do their job. May be they just put up with it because a union is a mafia by a different name and your job may come under pressure if you question what you get for your protection money.


    • 17
      Ed Milimong's Parasite Party says:

      Up yours, workers!


  4. 5
    Hamish says:

    Stop posting look-alike pics of my favourite pin-up J K Rowling.


  5. 6
    loungelizard says:

    It’s got to stop….sooner rather than later. Guido keep up the pressure.


  6. 8
    Smig says:

    Resurrect Reagan!
    Give them an ultimatum. Work or be fired. You have 24 hours to comply.


    • 31
      Selohesra says:

      I don’t think we have the necessary technology to do that just yet – and if we did just imagine the havoc it would cause to pension funding deficit etc


    • 70
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      It might work in there favour by good chance, rather than planning.

      That would be a “lucky strike”


  7. 9
    Asians grooming for labour says:

    Stop paying councillors as well
    I bet this fucking whore also gets time off from her fully funded fire service role to hang around the town hall


  8. 10
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And then there is the Royal Family

    THE QUEEN’S accounts are to be subject to full National Audit Office scrutiny and open to questioning by the Commons Public Accounts Committee, in a radical reform of royal finances unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.

    Instead of the controversial Civil List and grants for royal travel and the maintenance of royal palaces, the Queen will receive a single Sovereign Grant of 15% of “surplus revenue” from the Crown Estates worth about £34 million in 2013-2014.


    • 14
      Sir William Waad says:

      And bloody well worth every penny.


      • 52
        Andrew Efiong says:

        Here, here.


        • 118
          the only way is anal says:

          is this the right queue for useful idiots?


          • Felix Dzerzhinsky says:

            try http://www.labourlist.org/


          • Disco Stew says:

            Do the sums on the Royal family.They earn the UK PLC a fortune.
            Why do Socialists believe in cutting off their nose to spite their faces?
            On another note, I at last bumped into a Labour supporter.He denied that labour always leave the UK in a mess and said the Tories left the country in a mess. He said…wait for it…Brown had to sell the gold because there was no money!!!!I advised him not to open with that attack in the future.After a while he could see he was out of his depth and said..”well I always vote Labour cos my mum and dad do” his mother is a Teacher, Honest.


  9. 11
    Sir William Waad says:

    She was brilliant in The Silence of the Lambs and very sweet in Anna and the King. ‘Beaver’ was not so good, though.


    • 69
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I saw her the other night where she started shooting all sorts of criminals in new york, to get her dog back or something like that.

      She was looking a bit older then, but it seems she’s gone Waaay down hill.


    • 159
      pigs in space says:

      What’s the betting that within a month Ed Milimolimandi will only communicate via a beaver glove puppet?


  10. 12
    Charles says:

    I’m rather pleased that she bothered to get elected. It doesn’t make up for her pilgrim pocketing though.


    • 29
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Black country=donkey=red rosette=elected. This is the finest example of a rent-seeking hoon yet discovered.


      • 60
        East India Company wallah says:

        Has any respected economist ever explained the paralell between trade union activism,having a labour mp and huge levels of un-employment,just askin?


      • 172
        Anonymous says:

        Not so. Dudley Council has 44 Tories and a total of 28 “others”.

        Your description fits the neighbouring boroughing of Sandwell right enough though


  11. 16
    AndyN says:

    Here, verbatim, is a comment below the Express & Star story from an apparatchik called “Vic Mallabar”, hilariously attempting to ‘clarify’ the situation – gives quite a good insight into how trade unionists think.

    The application to reverse the reduction in facility time that UNISON members in WMFS have enjoyed is a UNISON matter and has nothing to do with Judy Foster, therefore we are appalled that the issue has been personalised and politicised in this way. The application for more facility time has been made on the basis that the process relating to the decision to reduce the time was flawed which is why it was up for discussion by the Authority. The application also relates to the post of Branch Secretary – which is up for election annually – and not Judy personally. During the time that WMFS UNISON has had the facility time, the membership has increased and the demands placed upon us by management and members are greater than ever. The fact that Judy has held the post since 2003, elected each time unapposed is testamony to her ability and commitment. Her experience as a local councillor also benefits UNISON members who are mainly women on low pay. Judy is granted 15 days a year to undertake her public duties, but she uses her what leave of hers is available first before accessing it as it has to come from within her trade union time. This effectively means she does not have any additional time off for public duty leave over and above her trade union facility time. I hope these comments put an end to the unjustifiably unpleasant remarks being made about Judy and UNISON.


  12. 18
    prince Charles says:

    When i worked all the useles asshole ended up full-time shop stewards they where useless at their job lazy and we couldn’t sack them


    • 54
      Asians grooming for labour says:

      Prince edward and prince andrew?


    • 78
      Sir William Waad says:

      If somebody is too useless and lazy even to be a shop steward, they can always become a non-executive director of a bank. It’s not a demanding role:

      “Yes, Sir Fred” (takes a liberal sip of Chateau-Lafite)
      “No, Sir Fred” (wipes morsel of quail from corner of mouth, with snowy-white napkin)
      “Three bags full, Sir Fred” (kneels and opens mouth to perform traditional ceremony of submission before trousering cheque)


    • 83
      Greychatter says:

      The factory I worked at was helped on its way to closure by a union offical who had an evening job as a proof reader at a newspaper, I didn’t get the impression he could read or write.
      The next I hear of him was as a Trotskist councillor on Manchester city council, the last I hear he had been done for fiddling his expenses.
      Might One presume is could now be a Labour MP under another name.


  13. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Important to highlight where the money the unions save goes !!! If stories pointed out that the taxpayer paid £46,000 and an estimated £40,000 of that went straight to labour in union donations, the less politically aware punter would grasp the point of the campaign.


    • 45
      Anonymous says:

      True. Have a look to see what unison paid to the local Labour MP’s general election expenses, which printing presses get used for Labour aprty leaflets, how many ‘union’ staff get seconded from the Union to help out in election campaigns.


  14. 20
    Thats News says:

    Well done, Guido. Keep up the good work!


  15. 21
    Penfold says:

    Goold ole Maude.
    He’s finally picked an area where the unions are going to get a good olde fashioned kicking that no-one with any sense is going to object to.
    Why should taxpayers support union activity, that’s the job of union members and their trade union.
    Have the costs of payroll deductions been factored? members pay their subs and other monies direct to unions via employers. A nuisance for smaller employers.

    One does wonder whether other such anomalies exist.

    Has the Union Modernisation Fund been scrapped? payments suspended?


  16. 22
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Give us an E, mate”

    “I’m an undercover police officer”

    “errrrr Give me an N”
    “Give me a G”
    “Give me an L”
    “Give me an A”
    “Give me an N”
    “Give me a D”
    “Goooooo England”

    Got away with that one I think


  17. 24
    Hugh Janus says:

    Guido, you are of course assuming that Mad Frankie and his cohorts will actually do as they say and end this further abuse of public money. On past form, however, the deeds of this government frequently fail to match the words. Phrases like “….we are looking closely….” and “….this is high on our agenda…” are frequently tough-sounding but completely empty rhetoric.


    • 30
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      As with Call Me Bullshits WAR ON QUANGO’S
      According to Little Ed ,there are currently 168 quango’s in the NHS
      after “The War” there will be a staggering 554 quango’s
      sounds to me like Call me Clueless had worked out the terms of surrender , before the war actually started


      • 51
        David Camoron says:

        The fact of the matter is we cannot go on like this. I give you a cast-iron guarantee that I will cut down on these taxpayer-funded union officials, or so help me.. LOOK! LOOK! OVER THERE! It’s a BIG SOCIETY! Look at that, everyone! Don’t look at my inaction LOOK AT THE BIG SOCIETY! Gosh, it is big, isn’t it. Crikey. Wow! Everyone look at it.


  18. 25
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Every one of these fuckers
    should end up like Jimmy Hoffa !


  19. 26
    Sophie says:

    Rusty Cameron is spineless.

    He wont take the Unions on – we may as well accept that we taxpayers will be funding Union wages to the tune of millions every year for ever.

    Blue Labour are weak spineless liberals.


  20. 27
    Little Boy Blue says:

    Socialists are the biggest troughers there are. It has been ever thus.


    • 103
      labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      They may take the most money from the taxpayer, but there is a reason: They deserve it.

      And what’s more they are fighting to make their lives better, their houses bigger (and in better places) and, err that’s it.


  21. 28
    Hugh Janus says:

    Don’t forget that councillors (no, make that parasites) are also entitled to a pension, so there may be even more to it than her reported £51K.


    • 40
      Engineer says:

      Blimey. ‘Public Service’ certainly pays better than working for a living, dunnit?


      • 66
        Hugh Janus says:

        Yes Eng, and all thanks to the ‘reforms’ introduced by Lard Presclot. Like his Liebour colleagues, he took the view that councillors are more likely to toe the line if paid significant sums of public money, and are showered with free laptops, free broadband, free printers, free phones and phone bills, over-generous allowances to match their ridiculous titles….bloody hell, the list is endless.


    • 200
      Gman says:

      very few councils allow their councillors to get pensions. Mine certainly doesnt, and none of the surrounding councils do either.


  22. 32
    Sophie says:

    If we get rid of the Pilgrims then the Tory led DFID will have more money to give to Ethiopia.

    Wont someone please think of the Russian arms dealers?


    • 62
      Anonymous says:

      What about all the highly paid staff at Oxfam? Who will need them and their army of ‘volunteers’ if the government sends 1% of GDP to such places?


    • 207
      The Flying Scrotum says:

      I woder if Gelldoff and Bono will be cotributing their millions or will they leave it all salted away in tax havens


  23. 34
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Blah blah, Guido is a shill for the hated and evil conservative party, my old man’s a mushroom etc etc.


    You’re all evil fascists – don’t you understand that Unions are absolutely vital? If we didn’t have them, we’d go back to living in squalor and sending children down mines and up chimneys.

    If that happens, I certainly hope that a few are saved from such things, as I prefer the kids that I interfere with to not be covered in coal dust or chimney soot, as it could leave forensic evidence from which I could be convicted.


  24. 36

    None of these union parasites ever DO anything for their members, who are probably forced to pay their subs or face a knee-capping.


    • 81
      Old dog no tricks says:

      These unions are very good at policing ‘cultural’ bias however – they made sure that at least 3 women have been promoted over people who could at least do the job to my knowledge !


  25. 42
    Brian Gilhooley says:

    In the Driving Standards Agency there are two executive grade staff on 100% facility time – in other words the taxpayer pays their full salaries, pension contributions, accommodation and support costs. They don’t work the same hours as the rest of the staff, and seem to exist just to agitate, argue and organize strikes. This isn’t unusual in the public service – let us hope the Government brings this abuse of our money to an end. It’s a naitional disgrace!


  26. 44
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    at first i thought this was a piece on free speech, But it seems as its a load of gobbledygook/cockwaffle


    Or is it saying its ok to be a extremist?


  27. 47
    Goodbyeee! says:

    Francis Maude, who claimed for a second home three doors down from his first because “it was within the rules”.
    There goes a man of impeccable moral judgement.


    • 57
      Andrew Efiong says:

      True but all the more reason for him to reclaim some credibility.

      This is his chance to take a stand and drive a stake through the grey heart of public sector corruption.


    • 59
      Ah! Monika says:

      Have to admit. Fair comment


    • 75
      Steve Miliband says:

      Yeah, but they were so big, they were 6 miles apart


  28. 48
    Wolverhampton ratepayer says:

    I FOI’d Wolverhampton Council last year about the total cost of paid union time to the council. Including Pension, NIC, training courses, office space, phones, computers, stationary etc it came to a total of £500,000.

    This was circa £250k costs in the council and £250k costs in the education budget.

    I emailed the FOI response to the Taxpayers Alliance and they did nothing with it, didn’t even reply. I emailed the Tory Councillors and they did nothing.


  29. 49
    Andrew Efiong says:

    The net’s closing in on these shirkers.

    Well done for flushing them out, we’ve got them on the run now.


  30. 53
    Postal Vote says:

    Stop bullying the unions: they are very good at getting the most out of postal voting.

    Unions are essential for democracy!


    • 61
      Engineer says:

      They might have been a century ago, but their original aims are achieved. If they now confine themselves to representing individuals during employment disputes, fine; political agitating and rabble-rousing will ultimately be to their members’ disadvantage, these days.


  31. 64
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    When they write the history on the last Labour admin, they should replace Prudence with pilgrim.


  32. 68
    clean up these parasites! says:

    Haha….my mum told me just before I logged on that when she had her council job, she had only been there a few days when she was told she had 5 days holiday due! Serendipity.


    • 203
      Disco Stew says:

      I remember working at the old Royal Small Arms factory. We had our normal leave and in addition to that,we had 10 so called red days.These could be taken throughout
      the year if ever you woke up in the morning and didn’t feel good.No proof was required. The good thing about working there was that it taught me about the unions,
      how spiteful they could be if you didn’t fall into line and their total disregard for the company.They would call a strike or a work to rule for the slightest reason. I also saw how they were motivated by envy.


  33. 71
    All Balls says:

    So what?


  34. 74
    Bleedin obvious innit mate and stuff says:

    You know if this was a Tory (or a limp dem) that was being funded in such a way then Labour and the BBC would be absolutely hysterical as would the Guardian and Poly twatbee. Hypocritical left wing bastards all of them

    Tells you all you need to know about this.

    Time for it to end.


  35. 76
    Qwerty Question says:

    After posting a comment here my machine auto scrolls upwards??? anyone else noticing this or is my machine crap.


    • 85
      Anonymous says:

      It’s the fucking thumbs.


      • 116
        WVM says:

        Yes, the way the thumbs load in JavaScript, it’s totally fucking shit!

        Just go in to your browsers options and turn off JavaScript or turn it off just for this site and the thumbs wont load. Although when you leave a comment the comment box is always moved to the bottom until you post it then is ok.


    • 96
      Ishmael says:

      it is a firefox problem. get the ie tab extension and view in that.


  36. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Waltham Forest council workers ready to fight!



  37. 82
    Steve Miliband says:

    Thought you had to sign a ‘contract of employment’ when taking a job.
    The general idea is that you reach agreement with your employer about the T and C’s. So not sure why a £51k pa reps are needed


  38. 90
    Bardirect says:

    Whilst you’re on this campaign Guido don’t overlook another bunch of “Pilgrims”

    Yes the self proclaimed “Association of Chief Police Officers” clothed with a respect which is undeserved on proper scrutiny agitating at public expense
    performing “trade union” functions, run by unelected officials, exploiting its publicly funded access to other publicly funded assets, to make private profits, and which is again today opposing government proposals.



    • 94
      Doctor foster says:

      And the BMA


    • 112
      Hugh Janus says:

      Yes, well said Bardirect, but unfortunately they have such a hold over the Home Sec that she won’t take them on.

      ACPO – a more unaccountable, powerful and sinister organisation would be hard to find. And it takes the principle of ‘jobs for the boys’ to new heights.


    • 175
      The Laughing Chief Constable says:

      Nothing to see here, move along.


  39. 93
    Keep the red Flag Flying says:

    She’s a bloody full time Labour party and Union Worker and the taxpayer is picking up all the Tab. I wonder what her husband does for a “living”?



    • 105
      Trinny says:

      What’s an “imperfect Socialist”?


    • 109
      OMG..Not done a real job in her entire life says:

      Cllr Judy Foster MSc
      Political and public service Since 1998, Judy has been an elected member in Dudley MBC, where she has served as Cabinet Member for Human Resources and where she is currently shadow Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Transportation. She has also been a member of the West Midlands Police Authority since that time, and is a member of its Personnel Committee and Community and Security Committee, which considers issues relating to the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. Until 2007 she was Chair of the Authority’s Equalities Committee, and through this role she initiated the debate about organisational culture and it’s relevance to the equality agenda. As an Equalities champion, has been most recently focussed on the ‘invisible’ strands – in particular the areas of sexuality, faith and mental health. Judy is currently chairing the Authority’s Professional Standards and Quality of Service Committee, which monitors complaints made against the force, She is also co-lead on WMPA for children, with a special interest in child protection.

      Shortly after being elected as a councillor, Judy served as a non-executive Director in the Health Service, first locally, then sub-regionally, on the Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority until 2005, where she lead on HR, Equalities, the Improving Working Lives Initiative and delivery of the Race Equality Scheme.

      As well as being a member of the Labour Party for almost 20 years, Judy is a member of the Co-Operative Party, public sector union UNISON, the Fabians Society, the Institute of Personnel and Development, Amnesty International, the Labour Animal Welfare Society, the Emergency Planning Society and the Chocolate Tasting Club.

      Professionally Judy Foster is a UNISON Convenor based within West Midlands Fire Service. She has almost 30 years Public Sector service, mainly in Human Resources related roles, including recruitment, training and development, and equalities. Before undertaking a 12-month secondment to Government Office West Midlands to undertake a partnership-scoping project, she temporarily occupied the post of Equality and Diversity Manager in WMFS. Judy is currently UNISON convenor and Branch Secretary in WMFS, is Chair of UNISON West Midlands Regional Fire Forum and represents UNISON nationally on the Practitioners Forum, a strategic level body of key stakeholders which advises the Fire Minister. From 2006 – 2009, she was Chair of the Equality and Diversity Stakeholders Group, acting as it’s representative on the former Equality and Diversity Project Board, which developed the national Equality and Diversity strategy. She continues to represent UNISON on the EDSG and also on the recently established strategic Equality and Diversity Delivery Partnership (EDDP), where she continues to champion a progressive organisational culture and the narrowing of the gender pay gap within the Service.



      • 114
        Gordon Brown says:

        Mandy asked if I was a member of the Chocolate tasting club.


      • 119
        Marcus Aurelius says:

        great is there a link toi her published research?

        oh, she hasn’t published anything?

        what does she actually do then?


      • 137
        Gonk says:

        The first phrase committed to memory by her
        attending numerous outreach diversity enabling
        committee forums is..
        ‘I’d like to thank Chair for the opportunity
        to address the committee on the matter of expenses’


      • 145
        TOO FAR says:

        Looks as if she has had an awfull lot of “non jobs” I suppose that she saved a fortune, most left wing councils would have employed 20-30 people to do the same amount of “work” with gold plated pensions.
        Jokes aside, worrying isn’t it?


      • 168
        Split personality says:

        I’m just a little confused on how Diversity goes with Equality.

        Diverse: of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike: a wide range of diverse opinions.

        Equal: Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.


      • 190
        Margaret Thatcher says:

        A classic example of how to get on as an incompetent Labour Clone.


      • 192
        Snotsicle says:

        WTF is the “Labour Animal Welfare Society”?
        Do they only look after cats & dogs which are lazy, obese, thick and pointless?


    • 123
      Hugh Janus says:

      From the same website:

      “Judy rates humour, compassion, honesty and integrity amongst her top 10 most important attributes in people. She despises injustice and dishonesty….”

      On the basis that Pilgrims are an obvious and serious injustice upon the rest of us (ie the clear abuse and squandering of public money) presumably she is writing out her letter of resignation as we speak?


  40. 98
    Ed Miliband says:

    The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


    • 101
      Anonymous says:

      Say again?


    • 104
      EdMiliband says:

      The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


      • 126
        Hari Kari says:

        The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


        • 166
          Ghengis the Yak Herder says:

          The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


    • 106
      Engineer says:

      Say that again, Ed. There’s a bloke up a mountain in Outer Mongolia that hasn’t quite heard it yet.


    • 111
      David Miliband says:

      You two faced ruthless backstabbing bastard, trying to fool everyone with your geeky mong like appearance and short tongued bumbling nasal talk.

      Well you don’t fool me gumpy boy, me and bollock Ed will take you down when you don’t expect it just you wait and see!
      Just you wait and see!


  41. 99
    Marcus Aurelius says:


    this is a result!

    how do we keep up the pressure?

    my mincing MP “Andy” Slughter replied to my letter on this by saying

    1) he is in the shadow cabinet so doesn’t give a toss what I think, he is following Ed’s instructions

    2) It’s all the fault of the “bankers” – does he mean HBOS counter jumpers?


    • 141
      Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( member in absentia ) says:

      It all started in America, on the mortgage counter of Lehman Bros.


  42. 107
    Koba says:

    If her position is so valuable let the union pay her salary.


    • 129
      the last quango in paris says:

      exactly. If it is so vital that she does this role full time then can somebody tell me what happens when she goes on holiday? do they have to get cover?


  43. 113
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    What a joke the Tories are, everyone is stating that if you own your own home or have a bit of money put aside you should lose it to pay for care.

    Yet the fat slag bingo winged chav scum who put nothing aside and sponge off the state all their lives will have to pay nothing.

    Of course the BBC comes down on the side of the chav scum.

    Seems to me the best thing to do is sell up when you retire and go on the piss for several years spend everything then come back to the UK (having changed your name to Mohammad) and demand a house and a personal nurse.


  44. 120
    issac hunt says:

    I Interviewed her, and to be honest I think she should be paid more, she even said so directly to me – Johann Hari


  45. 128
    will says:

    meanwhile the standard has a typical labour harpy complaining if benefits are cut for people to rent in london classes could be empty.

    What next labour complaining if we do not pay private landlords hundreds of pounds per week for property that they may suffer poverty


    I really despair of the barrel scaping of these people.


    • 135
      WVM says:

      Ghost classrooms in London?

      Never, there’s so many little Mohammed’s down there and increasing by the day I would have thought building more would be a must.


  46. 133

    Pilgrim’s Progress.

    A tribute to the brave men and women of the union movement who stowed away on the Mayday Flower in 1620 {stopped work completely 16.30 no one can be expected to work after 4.30pm.}

    Seeking to bring enlightenment to the heathen tribes of the NHS. Some of those nurses had never seen a diversity pamphlet, or heard a speech by Michael Foot.
    They still worshiped strange gods such as service, dedication, professionalism.
    They did not know about the one true god. Socialism!

    The Pilgrim’s managed to teach the NHS and other public sector tribes about subs, dues, membership and built huge glass and steel edifices to worship the union leaders. The pilgrims taught them about strikes, pickets, go slows, management disputes. How to manufacture a strike from a simple disagreement. How to get blood from a stone. How to sign of sick. How to sleep in a laundry hamper and if caught, build it up into a health and safety at work issue.

    And so the pilgrims bought their religion and work ethic to the natives. Until one day, the natives were all gone, dead from funding starvation, or had collapsed under the weight of the additional bureaucracy.

    From the pen of ..erm..William Penn.{national vice-president of unisnooze}


  47. 140
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Remember this one Blue noses

    “Now Gordon Wants £20,000 when you die”.

    Tory campaign slogan in 2010, the last time there was a serious attempt to sort out social care.

    Errrrrr NOW the Death Tax is gonna be £35K rising to £100K. Discuss….LOL


    • 148
      Ed Miliband MP says:

      The strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


    • 177
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Its not a death tax is it though. its cap on how much one pays for nursing homes isn’t it?

      Right now and under labour, you could actually claim that the amount of death tax was the value of your house (/full estate) minus £23k.
      Considering even a crappy house might be worth 100k, £35k is cheap.

      And of course, you don’t pay a penny if you die whilst still able to look after yourself. Very amusing


  48. 147
    Ker-chingggg says:

    Sinn Fein appointed Mary McArdle to the position of ‘special advisor’ to their Culture Minister.
    Her qualifications were that she was an IRA terrorist, jailed for the murder of a young Catholic girl, Mary Chapel, as she left chapel one Sunday morning….shot her in the back.

    £80000 a year on the public purse.

    Come on Guido, have a look at the scandals awaiting told in Stormont. Northern Ireland’s journalists are too entwined in the cosy club to be bothered.


  49. 152
    Ghengis says:

    Union officials should be paid for by the unions.
    To have them paid for by the tax payer should be illegal.
    It is theft/fraud pure and simple.
    What other country in the world would be so stupid, Russia, China, Cuba?
    No I thought not.


  50. 157
    Ah! Monika says:

    Comment above says:- PILGRIM is not a surname

    Google says:-http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Pilgrim


  51. 160
    Labour Dogshit says:

    Shaaaadup. Pay your taxes suckers


  52. 162
    NeverRed says:

    Dear Guido, you might be interested in a reply I received from Ed Davey (Minister for employment Relations).
    Mr Davey basically says “according to survey evidence, the average (median) time off for the most senior union representatives is four hours per week”.
    Mr Davey also says “In the UK’s system of industrial relations, trade unions operate at the workplace mainly through their lay representatives. It follows that these representatives need time off to perform their union duties, and statute recognises this necessity by providing rights to paid time off for trade union representatives to undertake their union duties at work”.

    All in all Mr Ed Davey seems to suggest that everything is just fine, and as far as he is concerned the situation is quite OK and he has no intention of supporting EDM 1799, tabled by David Morris MP (to remove union reps from the public purse.

    What a pillock, I urge everyone to write to their MP’s Demanding action be taken.


  53. 165
    Another Deluded Scot says:

    Andy Murray says Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic’s form over the past year makes him believe he can win a Grand Slam.


    • 171
      Normal service resumed says:

      I would like to thank Andy Murray for making things normal again. All the excited chatter at the BBC about this being Murray’s year was very disturbing. And it was quite calming to see Murray prove to the world that he really is a useless Scotch Twat.


  54. 167
    cheche says:

    One thing these strikes and indeed the BBC’s constnat coverage of the ” cuts” reveal is t he number of people with their hands in my pocket.

    Writers against stopping free childrens books
    So called charities
    Council workers who dont work for the council
    Drs already over paid with subsidised rents for their premises
    Teachers with more days off than the retired
    Housing benefits paid on millionaires row
    Half the worls claiming NHS treatment
    MP’s leave our pensions alone
    The BBC license fee a cut isnt a cut when its no increase
    Pensions for generals which mean that its better to retire than soldier on
    The Boarders agency with more illegals than ever
    Tube staff paid to do a job a machine could do better and when they are needed are too busy gassing on the phone
    Firemen who retire with a pension on Monday and come back to work on Tuesday
    Nurses who leave the elderly and weak to starve
    Immigrants who were supposed to pay for my pension but I have to work longer to pay their benefits

    Any chance of a tax strike?


    • 196
      And my taxes pay for this..... says:

      Pregnant Nigerians giving birth to quins at a cost of £32,000 a week to the NHS. Complaining she can’t afford milk powder for them all, but still managed to employ lawyers to fight for her “right” to stay here. Or are we paying for her legal aid too?
      She’s taking the piss. Send her and her offspring home NOW.


  55. 170
    Captn P says:

    Next up … the other activist funder and propaganda channel – The BBC -


  56. 183
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It’s a union of greed comrades.


  57. 198

    I’ll take your word for it. When I followed the link it threw up a pay wall, and if I’m not gonna pay for the Times (which used to be quite good before the Paywall but now has only 1% of it’s previous readership and is losing money faster than any other news website), I’m sure as hell not gonna pay for the News of the World!

    I’ll make do with the Guardian, the Telegraph, the BBC, Reuters, or any of the other hundred or so free quality news sites. If it’s only in the News of the World it’s clearly made up.


  58. 202
    Gman says:

    Cumbria, often left behind in such scandals has its very own Pilgrim/Councillor.

    She is a full time rep for Unison, while supposed to be a teaching assistant at a special needs school, she is employed by Cumbria County Council.

    She just got elected as a councillor on Carlisle City Council, for which she will get ‘facility time’ from her full time ‘facility time’ to attend meetings. I believe it about two weeks extra of paid time off.


    Unison, her employer even paid for her election expenses!!!!! (its in her declaration)


  59. 204
    Anonymous says:

    Quite rightly:

    but we do pay for most of ASH staff lobbying to stop us enjoying a shy fag… are they “pigrims” too? Will that funding be included in your campaign?

    I hope so – and well done for exposing the others.


  60. 212
    Jane pilgrim says:

    Haven’t you lot got anything better to do than go on about me all day, you are driving me up the walls of my pikey commune!


  61. 213
    Brian Williams says:

    I’m looking forward to the day when HMG stops giving money to environmental orgs so that they can pay people to lobby government.


  62. 215
    Anonymous says:

    Well they’d have to change the law to stop union rep’s getting a bit of facility time (which is what this is about). The Trade Unions and Labour Relations Act 1992 gives ALL union rep’s time off for union duties.

    instead of exposing this, how about going after all the bonuses that are paid within the civil service by senior staff to their mates for just doing their jobs.


  63. 216
    MB. says:

    This Argyll blog is highlighting the high salaries being made to many council employees but also has been challenging the amount of money going to COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities). It seems to suggest that COSLA is political so analogous to Pilgrim payments.



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