Follow the Union money, Ctd

Yesterday the Owl revealed that the top 7 CTU Affiliated unions collected $78M in subscriptions within one calendar year as per their filed audited accounts.

Today the Owl can reveal that 60% of these subscriptions were paid in wages, salaries and benefits or in real terms to Union employees – $46,746,428.

Now I have been doing some calculations and tried to work out how many Union officials this has paid for. The PSA are very good at providing their staff numbers (131) – so on average that means an average Salary/Wage (including benefits) is approximately $80,000.00 per paid union official.

Now this is an average so I took a conservative view and said $70,000.00 average salary/wage for a Union official.

Owl’s Observation

The Owl does not care how Unions spend their money but $46,746,428 divided by $70,000 is 668 Union staff benefits from the rank and file fees.

What I do care about analyzing financial information for Union members as the Owl as they too need advocates. I just do this for free.

P.S. Helen Kelly your NZCTU Together Incorporated Accounts need to be filed (Balance date 31st March 2012) – thanks. (This was the fund set up from the Union Change Implementation Fund $90,000.00. 2011 Accounts are already filed.)


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