Do EU Staff Have The Cushiest Jobs In the World?
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
The EU has around 55,000 employees who enjoy large salaries, hefty expense accounts and huge pensions. Very few of these are British. EU employees are exempt from income tax (or any other form of tax) and enjoy more holidays than schoolteachers. Amazingly, the EU has 10,000 employees who earn more than Britain’s Prime Minister.
Those employees all have vast expense accounts and teams of highly paid assistants.
All these people will fight tooth and nail to keep the EU alive. What else would they do if the EU folded? There really aren’t that many job vacancies for brown shirted storm troopers any more.
When it became clear that the EU region was heading for terrible financial problems, the leaders of individual EU countries wrote to the European Commission requesting that the EU increase its spending by no more than inflation and suggesting that the EU might consider reducing the absurdly high salaries paid to EU officials and increasing their working week. The response to the suggestion and the request was an imperious wave of two fingers.
EU staff refuse to work a 40 hour week. They claim that working so hard would ruin the attractiveness of their jobs. The 55,000 EU officials refused even to discuss working as many as 40 hours a week. EU officials can earn between £104,000 and £185,000 a year and have three months holiday a year. Remember: around 10,000 EU employees earn more than the British Prime Minister. That is reason enough to leave the EU.
EU staff are given an extra 24 days off work every year if they put in an extra 45 minutes at the office (although this can be spent chatting or surfing the Web). They also get seven days of public holidays and an additional 11 non-working days when the EU offices are closed at Christmas. A union representative, explaining the long holidays, said that ‘the principle of recuperation needs to be consolidated’.
At our expense, of course.
Diplomats working in the EU’s foreign service are entitled to seventeen weeks holiday a year. That, to put it another way, is 17 weeks holiday a year.
They are also entitled to two weeks off for ‘professional training’. And as if that wasn’t enough, diplomats working in the 30 EU delegations in the Far East, Asia and Africa are also entitled to another four or five weeks off work because they’re a long way from home. If they have to travel further than the nearest five star restaurant, they are entitled to two days travelling time and paid business class tickets for themselves and their families. Their accommodation is free of charge and their extraordinary high salaries are paid largely tax free.
As if all this were not enough for them, European Commission officials each took, on average, 14.6 sick days in 2013. That is triple the number of sick days that British private sector workers take and twice the number of sick days that public sector workers take.
It doesn’t seem to be an exaggeration to say that some highly paid EU staff members must be away from their offices more than they are in them.
Finally, EU officials can claim £75,000 a year, indefinitely, for doing absolutely nothing if they are replaced by someone more competent. (That isn’t a joke. It’s real.)
It is perhaps not surprising that the EU staff are fighting hard to keep their institution alive – and paying their fat salaries.
Please make sure that everyone you know reads this article. Pass it on to any ‘remoaners’ you know – maybe they will begin to understand why we must leave the EU.
Copyright Vernon Coleman
Vernon Coleman’s novel Revolt describes what will happen if we remain in the EU. Revolt is now only available as an ebook on Amazon. (The hardback is sold out.) ‘I enjoyed reading Revolt. I fear that much of the book may come true.’ – Nigel Farage
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