Eric Pickles has been defeated in a court case brought by PCS over union-busting tactics at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Instead of following the advice his department was giving to councils — to charge administration fees for the “check off” system for payment of union subs — Pickles pressed ahead and landed the taxpayer with a legal bill which is claimed to be £90,000.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:
“It is staggering that Eric Pickles pressed ahead with this reckless and political attempt to undermine our union in his department.
“Pickles has very serious questions to answer about why he decided to spend tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money fighting to scrap something that costs less than £30 a month.”
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