Union behind BA strike receives £18m from taxpayers

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    Union behind BA strike receives £18m from taxpayers in ‘money-laundering’ deal with Labour

    Taxpayer > Unite > Labour

    The union behind the British Airways strike has received £18million from taxpayers under Labour, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

    Unite, and the two unions that formed it, received the public money under two little-known funds to improve management and training for its members.

    It has been the biggest beneficiary of one of the schemes, the Union Modernisation Fund, and received a sixth of all the money given out under the Union Learning Fund.

    It comes ahead of a planned three-day walkout by Unite members of BA’s cabin crew this weekend, which is set to cause travel chaos for thousands of passengers.

    Francis Maude, the Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said: “This really looks like money laundering - taxpayers' money is being funnelled into Unite then put straight back into Labour's coffers.

    “It's a real racket, with taxpayers' money being round-tripped into Gordon Brown's re-election fund. We must have much greater transparency on what unions are receiving from the Labour Government in return for their backhanders.”

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  2. Well go to foot of our stairs.
    Unite laundering money for the PLP, no wonder cyclops was so reluctant to condemn the strike.
    Labour tax rises in 2011 according to Mandlebum, WHO the **** put him in charge, hes the MP for where exactly.
    Oh thats right hes ******* not.
    Why is CMD and the rest of tories not shouting about this and why is the Biased Broadcasting Cnuts being so one-sided and cnutish, maybe if "WE" refused to pay the TV tax they might start to listen.
    Fcuking Cnuts.
  3. Don't pay it then, I don't.
  4. This is nothing new - the Union Modernisation Fund has been operated like this since, I believe 1998 when Labour cam up with the idea of funding itself at taxpayers expense.

    I am led to believe that without this the party would already be bankrupt and if they lose the election then it is likely that this money will also dry up.

    Goodbye labour