Is this happening in NZ?

From the Telegraph, I wonder if this sort of thing is going on here:

Taxpayers are paying tens of millions of pounds to fund the union activities of thousands of civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers, a Sunday Telegraph investigation reveals.

Figures compiled by this newspaper show more than £68 million of public money is spent a year on paying for public sector workers to carry out trade union jobs.

The money funds the equivalent of 1,785 public sector workers to perform full time union duties.

The investigation comes at a time when national strikes over public sector cuts are looming. The unions planning those strikes are effectively being bankrolled by the taxpayer.

Already ministers, concerned at the scale of support for unions from the public purse, have ordered a review of the practice.

But The Sunday Telegraph audit provides the first full picture of the taxpayer-funded “unionisation” of Britain’s schools, hospitals, councils and even police forces which had flourished under the previous Labour government.

Unions insist that the practice – known as “facility time” – actually saves far more money than it costs because paid-for union representatives help to resolve worker disputes before they escalate.

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