Labour is spending millions of pounds of public money employing more than 100 union activists across Whitehall.
Government departments are paying the salaries of dozens of union officials who act as shop stewards and do no work for the taxpayer. Some are earning more than £60,000 a year.
The Tories last night accused the Government of ‘bankrolling’ the trade unions – which, in turn, are the biggest funders of the Labour party.
Research by The Times has found that the Home Office alone employs 83 full-time and part-time union officials.
A total of ten departments have revealed that they employ 46 full-time and 87 parttime officials to work exclusively for the unions at taxpayers’ expense.
Their salaries cost between £150,000 and £4.5million per department. They are also given access to office facilities worth an estimated £1.2million each year.
Whitehall sources claim that the union officials also spend time working on ‘far-left political campaigns and making false claims about the Conservative Party’, although civil servants are bound by a strict code of impartiality.