Fat cat 'red barons' are taking home more than the Prime Minister

Fat cat ‘red barons’ are taking home more than the Prime Minister as report shows average pay packet of top public sector union bosses is more than £150,000

  • National Association of Head Teachers Gen. Secretary was best paid union boss
  • Paul Whiteman told TUC Congress head teachers will be balloted on strike action
  • In 2021, he had total remuneration of £222,094, an increase of £5,707 on 2020

The average pay packet of the top 30 best-paid public sector union bosses is more than £150,000, a report has found.

In total, seven were paid more than the Prime Minister, who is entitled to an annual salary of £164,080, a report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance found.

Teaching unions threatening strikes have nine senior staff taking home £1,404,252 between them.

Two general secretaries of Unison, who were each in charge for part of 2021, together took home £225,891. This included a £67,647 golden goodbye for outgoing boss David Prentice.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, was the best paid trade union boss. In 2021, he had total remuneration of £222,094, an increase of £5,707 on 2020

The union has asked 400,000 NHS staff, including nurses and paramedics, to vote for strikes in a ballot that opens next week.

Unison said it was misleading to combine two bosses’ pay packets, adding that the general secretary’s basic salary is £119,500. Total remuneration includes salary, national insurance contributions, pension contributions and other benefits, such as a car or housing allowance and health insurance.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, was the best paid trade union boss. 

Teaching unions threatening strikes have nine senior staff taking home £1,404,252 between them

In 2021, he had total remuneration of £222,094, an increase of £5,707 on 2020.

Yesterday he told the TUC Congress in Brighton that head teachers will be balloted over strike action for the first time in 125 years.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘These public sector red barons are doing very well indeed as some of Britain’s biggest earners. They should not be threatening to bring the country to its knees while strutting about on six-figure salaries.’

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