Oh the irony!
UNITE THE UNION
REPORT OF THE JOINT GENERAL SECRETARIES
YEAR ENDED 31
Review of 2009 to date
The service provided by
officers, employees and activists will continue to improve through the
consolidation of departments and properties. Recognising the need to provide
members with the ability to "fight back" against unscrupulous employers using
the excuse of recession to attack members' wages, pensions and other terms and
conditions, at its May 2009 meeting, Unite's Executive Council approved a 131%
increase in the dispute benefit to £30 per day from Day 1 of a dispute. This
level of support for members on strike against their employer is unprecedented
in the British trade union movement. Three years after the formation of Unite,
the industrial and political benefits of the merger between Amicus and the
Transport and General Workers Union are clear for all to see. These benefits
will be all the more valuable to members in the face of a Tory led coalition
government whose primary focus seems to be to cut public expenditure and, consequently, reduce front line public services and public sector employment and potentially jeopardising the fragile economic recovery.
From a financial perspective, in 2009, Unite recorded a £9,384,000 surplus out of income from members – a very significant improvement versus the surplus of £339,000 recorded in 2008. This improved performance primarily resulted from cost cutting efforts made by the Union in most areas of expenditure, especially by the former Amicus Section.
THose of an uncharitable nature might think the word 'hypocrites' is in order.
PS Did you see Bob Crow awarded himself a 12% pay rise? He's now on a basic pay f £133,000. I'm sure he provided great value for money. Not.