GMB Union Boss Tim Roache Bags £868,800 Plus £60,000 Annual Pension

Whilst the TUC bosses are enjoying their annual booze-up, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has calculated that the average remuneration of the top 30 Union Chiefs on more than £100,000 was £150,755 in 2020. The highest-paid trade union boss, outgoing General Secretary of the GMB Tim Roache, bagged an unbelievable £288,000 plus an £80,000 payment for long standing service, a £500,000 lump sum, a car of his choice and a £60,000 annual pension after terminating his employment in sordid circumstances. By comparison Prime Minister Boris Johnson earns £160,000…

The boss of the National Association of Head Teachers, Paul Whiteman, was the second highest paid union boss, taking home a staggering £216,387. TUC boss Frances O’Grady pockets a comfortable above average £167,229. John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says:

”These red barons relentlessly preach policies around wealth inequality and demand evermore tax-and-spend, but are sitting comfortably as some of Britain’s biggest earners. Hypocritical union heads should stop lining their pockets with these six-figure salaries.”

Nice work if you can get it…

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Unions Demand MPs Wear Masks in Parliament

A joint letter from the GMB, TUS and Unite unions urges the Speaker to make masks compulsory on the parliamentary estate for MPs. Guido revealed that staffers will be made to mask up, whilst MPs will only be “encouraged” to wear face coverings. It is safe to say that staffers are not best pleased…

The letter explains that the reaction of staff across Parliament has been one of incredulity, anger and concern”. The letter also accuses parliament of failing to “exercise its duty of care to its own employees”. Parliamentary double standards have a distinctly uptsairs / downstairs vibe…

The letter argues that:

“Members also have a responsibility to keep those around them—staff of the House, their own staff and, indeed, other MPs—safe.”

“We would therefore ask you to urgently reconsider the guidance provided to Members so that all staff and members are content that the appropriate measures have been taken to protect their health.”

It will be up to Hoyle to decide whether this double standard is allowed to continue… 

UPDATE: Face coverings have not been mandatory for MPs since 21 June, however almost all MPs have chosen to wear masks when on the estate. 

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Civil Service Union Using Covid Pretext to Fight Government

The Government is trying to lead from the front with its return-to-work drive, setting a target of 80% of civil servants to return to their desk at least once a week by the end of the month. Retaliating, the biggest civil servants’ union, PCS, has said they are “prepared to consider industrial action” if the government tries forcing them back to work and they believe that it is not safe. Guido isn’t so sure the threat to effectively bring the government to a halt is being driven by their workers’ safety at heart…

Footage obtained from a Zoom call in early June shows the PCS’ general secretary Mark Serwotka claiming “if Jeremy Corbyn had won that election in December, thousands of people would be alive today who have died” and promising that while they want to get rid of the government, in the meantime they will “fight” them until they get something better. If Guido was a member of the PCS, he wouldn’t be too happy having his safety weaponised in a partisan fight aimed at preventing the elected government doing its job…

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Welsh Chief Medical Officer Admits School Return Plan Blocked by Unions

The Welsh Chief Medical Officer admitted today that the Welsh Government is not following the science when it comes to re-opening schools. Wales, which is set to open schools from 29 June and then close them again for summer holidays, is pursuing what CMO Dr Frank Atherton calls a “second best option” thanks to teaching unions. Classic Labour.

Dr Atherton told a press conference that his preferred plan to have children return during the summer holidays was “not attractive to the unions” and therefore won’t be going ahead. Not the scientists, not even the politicians, Welsh policy is controlled by the unions…

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Confusing Demise of Union Boss

Just five months after he was re-elected, Tim Roache unexpectedly resigned as General Secretary of the GMB two weeks ago. Followers of union affairs will be confused as to why the so recently re-elected union boss resigned. The Daily Mirror’s Mikey Smith reported that it was because of “ill health” and “senior figures inside the union urged Mr Roache to go”. The next day the paper reported Roache faced an investigation after an anonymous letter raised concerns about his conduct. Confused? Me too!

A few days later the Sunday Mirror reported that an investigation into the conduct of the “top union boss has planted a “time bomb” under Labour”. It went on to reveal that Roache quit suddenly after an internal letter ­circulated accusing him of improper behaviour. Hold on, didn’t Mikey Smith report that it was because of “ill health”? What’s the line?

The union’s president Barbara Plant vowed to protect its staff, saying the safety of “our people, particularly women” is of “paramount importance”. The paper went on to claim that the affair is “expected to entangle some senior MPs and union and party ­officials in what one described as “a scandal-primed time bomb”.” Is this a real thing?

The article goes on to report that the anonymous letter – signed from “GMB sisters” – made a number of ­claims, including that senior Labour figures “colluded many times in a cover up”. Roache responded “these allegations are entirely made up with the intention of totally ­discrediting me. With no names of the accusers I have no opportunity to challenge and prove my entire ­innocence.” To be fair, without names, Roache’s just groping in the dark.

The union has belatedly now ordered an independent probe into the affairs, the same union that said he was stepping down for health reasons, days after the allegations were made. The Labour leader’s spokesman when pressed on whether he regarded the union chief as “a friend”, would only say “Keir and Tim are colleagues and have worked together.” Which is weak, considering Roache has arranged millions in donations over the years to the Labour Party.

Things got even more convoluted when, Guido hears, a legal letter was sent to newspapers saying that their client, an MP the letter did not name, did not wish to be named. A legal privilege usually reserved for the victims of sex attacks. Confused? Me too!

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National Education Union Advises How to Organise School Kids Strike

The National Education Union (the largest education union in the UK) has advised teachers with a list of disruptive ideas to help children skip school and protest against climate change. They include dropping the curriculum, setting off fire alarms, sending pupils to protests…

Many members have already had meetings and met with school leadership teams to agree action on [Friday]. These are lots of things that are already planned to coincide with the action. For instance, in Doncaster the council have asked schools to set off alarms to illustrate the climate emergency. Here are some ideas that you can use to organise action in your school:

  • Get the whole school to take action for 30 minutes by demonstrating in the playground.

  • Drop the curriculum for the day or part of it and teach environmental and ecological issues.

  • Take an assembly on the climate emergency.

  • Encourage meetings of student eco-committees. 

  • Organise a live link with protests taking place in city centres.

  • Organise your own protest in the playground or at the school gates.  

  • Send a delegation to the climate change protests.

  • Hold inset days with focus on climate and an opportunity for staff to attend protests.

When teachers are advising students to bunk off lessons something is very wrong…

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