Union Pay Rises Beat Inflation

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ORDON Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, has scored a [pound]41,600 pay rise, according to the association's latest return filed at the Certification Office for Trade Unions.

The return, made up to the year ended 30 June 2000, shows that Taylor, Britain's best-paid union leader, earned [pound]458,370. His package - up almost 10% on his [pound]416,770 earnings for the previous 12 months - comprised a basic salary of [pound]319,671 with pension contributions of [pound]111,800 and benefits totalling [pound]26,899.

At least nine bosses of major unions received pay increases above the 2.9% average rate of inflation for the year to December 2000, according to the figures. The rises revealed by the unions' annual returns will make interesting reading for John Monks, general-secretary of the TUC, and delegates attending its annual conference in Brighton, which starts tomorrow.

George Brumwell, general- secretary of the Union of Construction Allied Trades & Technicians, received a 44% increase, taking his [pound]44,359 package to [pound]63,939.

He defended the increase, saying he and his colleagues earned less than their predecessors when the union faced bankruptcy. Salaries were brought more into line with other unions as a result of Ucatt's improved financial health, he said.

"Every official has had substantial increases in their salaries because they were also the lowest paid in the trade union movement," Brumwell said. "The executive council did a comparison with what was paid to general-secretaries of unions of similar size and nature to ours and they applied an increase in line with that."

His package remains below the typical [pound]80,000 or more received by leaders of other large trade unions.

Doug McAvoy, general-secretary of the National Union of Teachers, received an 11.6% increase on last year. He earned a basic salary of [pound]83,953, with [pound]13,312 in pension contributions and luncheon vouchers to the value of [pound]584, giving him a total package worth [pound]97,849.

An NUT spokeswoman said there is "no negotiation" involved in increases to McAvoy's pay because they are linked to the increases awarded by the government to headteachers.

Accounts filed with the NUT's annual return at the Certification Office - the "regulator" for trade unions - reveal that the union is in a wrangle with the Inland Revenue over tax on honoraria payments to officials. …