October 31st, 2012

Halloween House of Union Horrors
Unions Cost Taxpayer £113 Million-a-Year

Brace yourself for the most terrifying statistic you will read this Halloween: trade unions are being subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of £113 million-a-year. New research by the Taxpayers’ Alliance shows that in 2011-12 £92 million of our money was spent on funding trade union Pilgrims alone.

Not only that, but the report claims that public bodies have even been deducting union subscription fees in the payroll process without charging the unions for the work that requires, in spite of unions themselves claiming the opposite.  

Where is Van Helsing, to plunge a stake straight through the hearts of these taxpayer-funded bloodsuckers once and for all…


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    imagine .
    a game of imaginations.
    a world where taxes were not taxing,

  2. 2
    UKIP.i.am says:

    What you trying to do, send everyone into epileptic fits?

  3. 3
    Grollace says:

    I’ve not seen a screen flash like that since I had my Sinclair Z81

  4. 4
    fruitcake says:

    Bad acid trip anyone?

  5. 5
    Gonk says:

    Unions. A bit like Jimmy Savile, goes on for years and years creating mayhem
    with no one saying anything. Then all of a sudden the game’s up.

  6. 6
    Well it's a thought says:

    Hells bells G that flashingmakes it impossib.le to read your headline.

    Still go for these people.

  7. 7
    Bob Crow says:


  8. 8
    Mark Serwotka says:

    Is that all we get? Right, out on strike for more money now, comrades.

  9. 9
    albacore says:

    Never fear, folks, as van Cameron
    Will sprinkle holy water upon
    These pilgrims and bless their cute cotton socks
    In Dave’s universe The Union rocks

  10. 10
    BOB CROW says:



  11. 11
    JH says:

    I’ll try again.

    These people are the industrial equivalent of a 42 year old male living at home with mummy, having tantrums if she makes their tea wrong.

    You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

  12. 12
    Kebab Time says:

    “Where is Van Helsing”

    That was such an over rated and rubbish film, you should have used Buffy the Vampire slayer instead.

  13. 13

    Not quite up to Google’s standard is it? But better than Rich and Mark to be fair.

  14. 14

    But Savile was exactly like Blair really. Unscrupulous, fucked everything and got out just before the whole thing went tits up.

  15. 15
    Freddie Lehman says:

    It seems to me that 113 million is a small price to pay compared with the costs that have been saddled on the taxpayer by the Financial Services Industry over the last few years

  16. 16

    They wouldn’t let this happen in China, sunbeam!

  17. 17
    JH says:

    Or – get this – let’s not pay for either of them?

  18. 18
    albacore says:

    Pray consult the gospel according to Stoker
    The original was not at all a joker

  19. 19
    Anon says:

    Good value for money – only two-and-a-bit days worth of EU membership fees after all.

  20. 20

    Heath Warning:

    Fallacy of relevance just occurred.

  21. 21
    Phil says:

    Some one on his team did have the foresight to shred his expenses before he left just to tidy things up.

  22. 22
    Shock and awe...some ! says:

    Surely Shirley shom mishtake ?

  23. 23
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    This is outrageous, the scum unions should be made to repay at least the last 10 years to the taxpayer.

  24. 24
    jgm2 says:

    Damning that Heseltine thinks that after 2 years the Government does not have a long term growth strategy

  25. 25
    Kebab says:

    Get Starbucks et all to pay their taxes then !

  26. 26
    Kebab Time says:

  27. 27
    Fatus Heffer says:

    The two Union Reps at our place eat more Greggs than the whole of a builing site

  28. 28
    The Original Kebab says:

    I thought an Eton mess was a dessert until I discovered Cameron has no plan for economic growth.

  29. 29
    GCHQ Intelligence Officer says:

    Does Chukka post on here as jgm2 ???

    This may very well warrant a judge led enquiry.

  30. 30
    Anon says:

    At least Heseltine has some experience in running a company, unlike Scameron, Gideon and Cloggy

  31. 31
    Dreamy Dave says:

    We must keep building more and more windmills.

  32. 32
    gobbledegook says:

    “Not only that, but the report claims that public bodies have even been deducting union subscription fees in the payroll process without charging the unions for the work that requires, in spite of unions themselves claiming the opposite.”

    Could we have that in plain English please?

  33. 33
    Phil says:

    The big question is “How much has beent stolen from the taxpayer by a predominantly communist led, organisation whose sole aim is to destroy the democratic hand that feeds it and when do we get our money back?”

  34. 34
    yesterday's man says:

    Farcical that Cameron turned to that EU loving blowhard.

  35. 35
    Ernestine Tentions says:

    ‘Harmanesque’ logic.

  36. 36
    UKIP.i.am says:

    How many nurses and policemen can you employ for £113million a year?

  37. 37
    UKIP.i.am says:

    What was Labour’s long term growth policy? To encourage banks to lend risky money to poor people and milk the profits. 110% mortgages? What could go possibly go wrong with that strategy?

  38. 38
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    More Labour corruption.

    I am sure the unionised, militised & ultra Red BBC is despatching reporters as we speak.

  39. 39
  40. 40
    Jimmy says:

    Unions save the taxpayer money. Unions create growth.

  41. 41
    Jimmy says:

    Unions save the taxpayer money. Unions create growth.

  42. 42
    Steve Miliband says:

    Growth of their leaders Bank balances

  43. 43
    wornish says:

    The taxpayer pays for the Unions who in turn pay for the Labour party.

  44. 44
    Steve Miliband says:

    Its Moussa masquerading as jgm2

  45. 45
    a non says:

    This impasse would appear to be an appropriate time to call in the Societies of Black or White,or Brown, Yellow and Welsh Union Lawyers to investigate these claims in case one or more of these pilgrims being justifiably penalised originates from a minority group.
    [I am sure homosexual and Methodist lawyers are already participating]

  46. 46
    Kevin T says:

    Blame the left wing politicians who inflicted those costs on the taxpayer instead of letting the failed banks go under.

  47. 47
    Ed Miliband (Prime Minister designate) says:

    Please remind us how much the Rail franchise fiasco cost the taxpayer ?

  48. 48
    Kevin T says:

    How the fu ck do public sector unions do that exactly?

  49. 49
    Kevin T says:


  50. 50
    Kevin T says:

    Less than your former master’s gold sell-off, or your former former master’s surrender of our EU rebate.

  51. 51
    medic says:

    Unions are a cancer Jimmy , destroying the host.
    All malignant growth should be removed- cut out completely.

  52. 52
    JH says:

    Hmmm, trolls spoofing him. Looks like jgm2 has ‘arrived’.

  53. 53
    JH says:

    What else should they do all day? Not so deep down, they know they are involved in an unsustainable, deeply corrupt activity.

    The comfort eating is just evidence of self-hatred.

  54. 54
    Spot says:

    R4 at 0650 today trying to kick the chappie from the TPA who was having none of it and then they stopped the interview after the union prick had his say; which was pathetic in the extreme- bbc should give warnings before reports like this in case of traffic accidents

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    “our money”

    ‘Our’ money, Greedo? Didn’t know you paid taxes in Britain – you must be appalled.

  56. 56
    Fatso watson watch says:

    Please remind us how much the Rail franchise fiasco cost the taxpayer ?

    alot less than the NHS computer balls up and Lard Precotts fire control centres

  57. 57
    Schrodingers (confused) dog says:

    On BBC this morning we were told it represents only 25p per employee and was very good value so it must be right

  58. 58
    FullMarx says:

    And tories should pay for rail fiasco millions

  59. 59
    Plain English for every occassion says:

    In simple terms ‘Fraud”

  60. 60
    Pundit too too says:

    The BBC Toady Programme had both union and alliance participants on this morning. The usual ranting from the union spokesman on the services these “pilgrims” provided without any real substantiation and an obviously biased report on this they have conjured up.
    The taxpayer cost was quoted at £140 million which the union rejected but did not answer the weak BBC question of how much their cost is. Later it emerged it could be much higher at £170m. The Taxpayer Alliance member got a few good pokes to the face, but as usual biased BBC interrupted him and caused a slanging match.

  61. 61
    What have the Unions ever done for us says:

    Yeah, they grew the British Car industry, Coal industry, ship building industry, the list is endless.

  62. 62
    Therefore... says:

    So the 25 p should come off union subscriptions then.

  63. 63
    Pundit too too says:

    Simples, they encourage more public sector workers that hardly contribute to the economy and at the same time get votes for Liebor and load up their bank accounts.
    Simply put Unions create Negative Growth.

  64. 64
    troughing pigs says:

    “Belfast Health and Social Care Trust had the highest number
    of full-time equivalent staff working for the trade unions at 17.”

    ..and each and every one of them is a fat useless moronic gormless fucking Hunt.

  65. 65
    BBC Radio 4 Toady Programme with the schoolboy team. says:

    We thought we were very fair in having a screaming left winger with faulty judgement and poor ethics, set against a much milder right wing person trying to give us facts that we the BBC do not want to hear, so we constantly interupt him. Our balance is impeccable according to the Guardian.

  66. 66
    Loopy Lou says:

    I thought simply that those American Bankers were greedy nasty bastards and that is why “we are all in this together ” today .

    Unions are and always have been a pain in the arse but they have never really moved serious amounts of capital on the world stage .

  67. 67
    Earl of Croydon says:

    Seems perfectly sensible to me. If it were anything other then the Unions would not be able to give Labour huge amounts of dosh.

  68. 68
    Realist says:

    Errr wasn’t Labour in government for thirteen long years, what the rook did you do about it! What a bone head..

  69. 69
    Dictionary Doris says:

    So it means they’ve been taking union subs out of someone’s salary (much like income tax) and paying it to the union but not charging the union for this service.

    “unions claiming the opposite” means that the unions were saying that they were paying the employer for this.

    Not fraud, but not right.

  70. 70
    Schrodingers (confused) dog says:

    Should have said was 25p per WEEK per employee in subsidy in addition to the dues paid too. Nice little earner for Browns Brigade of gallant toilers at the trough.

  71. 71
    Handycock Immigrant Trafficker says:

    This is entirely the wrong policy. Any new building policy should be for the benefit of immigrants. This is how to do it:


    The comments below the article explain it all. Immigrants are good for the economy. They keep wages down, they work for agencies that provide labour to the public sector, especially local government, and pay below minimum wage, they vote for left wing political parties and they bring all their relatives in, once they have been granted residency creating even greater demand for housing, this means huge profits for property developers and consequent political donations and gives my boys the opportunity to launder their ill gotten gains. Liberal Democrat stated policy is for unrestricted immigration and long may it remain so. Boaz.

  72. 72
    David Wisteria says:

    113 million pounds is a pinprick in the grand scheme of things .

  73. 73
    George of the Akash restaurant says:

    Well said your Lordship. All my people vote for you on my instructions, just like you told me too.

  74. 74
    explodder says:

    Try looking for full time Police Federation officers. You might get a surprise.

  75. 75
    Stephen_Wood says:

    My new favourite comparison. Nicely put.

  76. 76
    Anarchists In Blazers says:

    Their business is conspiring to extort from the public good. Meanwhile they hate you if you set up a wealth creating business.

  77. 77
    left wing, right wing, tis all the same birdy... says:

    take all the government waste (EA, Quangos of every type, MPS, Civil servants etc)
    Overseas aid to despot dictators and Nuclear powers
    union fraud
    MOD procurement
    etc etc etc

    = a F*$&ing lot of money in the grand scheme of things!

    listen to the song above.

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