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Anger over union boss's pay-off; BRITAIN TODAY INDUSTRY.

THE leader of the country's biggest trade union has expressed shock at a six-figure severance payment to one of his predecessors.

A report to a meeting of Unite's executive revealed Derek Simpson was paid more than pounds 500,000 when he left his post last year, including a pounds 361,000 severance payment.

Mr Simpson, 66, who stepped down as joint general secretary, also received almost pounds 100,000 in salary, and more than pounds 51,000 in housing benefit and car allowances.

Members of Unite's executive were said to be "shocked and angry" at the size of the payment.

Len McCluskey, who succeeded Mr Simpson and Tony Woodley, who were joint leaders of Unite, made it clear he believed the payment was "inappropriate" and that it was made by a regime with lower standards of transparency and probity.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2011
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