How the TUC Benefits from "Foreign Aid"
Monday, January 11, 2010
Following on from our previous investigation of how "foreign aid" is being used for advocacy work by NGOs inside the UK, IPN has discovered that trades unions are benefiting from millions of money aimed at "international development".
Since 2003, the Trades Union Congress has been granted £3.6 million from the UK Department for International Development (DfID). But much of this money has been spent on projects benefiting the domestic UK labour movement. We're just not sure how this benefits the poorest people around the world.
Readers of The Times aren't sure either. Our report was featured in today's paper and many comments bring up the same point:
"Clearly there is a conflict of interest in the Government allocating funds to an organisation such as the TUC that provides in return such large donations to its electoral campaigning arm and ongoing support."
Clearly, this is one cosy little union that has got to stop.