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Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed unions as it emerged that thousands of public sector workers were being paid to do their jobs

JACOB Rees-Mogg slammed unions last night after a report revealed thousands of public sector workers are taking paid time off to carry out their activities.

The new report reveals labor union time which involved nearly 24,000 workers in 2020-21 and cost £100million.

JACOB Rees-Mogg slammed unions last night after a report revealed thousands of public sector workers are taking paid time off to carry out their activities

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JACOB Rees-Mogg slammed unions last night after a report revealed thousands of public sector workers are taking paid time off to carry out their activitiesCredit: Alamy

Mr Rees-Mogg, Minister for Government Efficiency, sent a clear signal that the practice had gone too far and should not be supported by taxpayers.

He said: “Unions receive membership fees to pay for their activities. It is difficult to understand why unions are also supported by the taxpayer.”

Operating time is paid time off taken by union officials to perform duties for the organizations.

The Department for Work and Pensions had 1,227 union representatives costing £552,593 in 2020-21.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust had the biggest time count for facilities with their 17 union representatives costing £6,721,600 in 2020-21.

Transport for London had the second largest with 880 employees costing £6,400,000 over the same period.

The investigation also found that more than 1,000 public sector workers spent all their time on union duties.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance, which conducted the analysis, is now calling on the government to prevent union officials from spending more than half their time on union duties.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Brits will be furious that thousands of workers who should be providing public services are instead doing undeclared work for unions.

“Ministers are right in questioning the extent of set-up time and need to reform the rules to avoid taxpayers being tricked.”

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