Mike has spoken out against the huge public subsidy of trade union officials within Sussex Police.
Figures released by Sussex Police, following a Freedom of Information request, show that the annual cost to the taxpayer of trade union officials in Sussex Police was £183,099.75 in 2009/2010 and £162,926.42 in 2010/2011.
Commenting, Mike said: Its astonishing that tax payers are having to foot this simply enormous bill. Tough decisions are being made every day on police finances, yet union officials have a complete conflict of interest by being paid by the taxpayer. Workers rights are of course important, but it is not fair that payment of union members comes from the state to fund activities that will almost certainly go against the public interest.