I finally received the straggler yesterday, Edinburgh City Council, and I must say I nearly fell off my chair when I read the e mail.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
With reference to your request for information, I have dealt with this in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
You have requested information regarding Trade Unions. You have specifically requested:
- How many Council employees we have whose sole duties are union based
- Union representatives who have no other tasks but are directly employed by the Council
In response to your request The City of Edinburgh Council currently have eight Trade Union representatives on full-time duties. This level of support is temporary for the duration of the Modernising pay project.
Edunburgh City Council currently have a £90,000,000 hole in their books. How they can possibly justify the cost of paying the wages of eight employees who are basically working for a trade union is beyond me. Perhaps the residents of Edinburgh should be asking a few questions.
As I have said before, the blatant abuse of tax payers money in this way must cease with immediate effect. It's outrageous that in this time of cut backs and fiscal prudence councils get away with nonsense like the above whilst the services you and I pay for, under duress, suffer.
Interested in what the Modernising Pay Project is all about? Have a look here. (PDF file).