The Sun newspaper says it “honestly doesn’t know” how much its editor Dominic Mohan earns. PCS says Gen Secretary Mark Serwotka “spends his working life trying to improve pay of workers”


The PCS union has defended the salary of its General Secretary Mark Serwotka, after a report in the union-hating Sun newspaper described his pay and that of other union leaders as “staggering”.

In a statement, PCS says: “Mark obviously recognises that he’s well paid compared to the members we represent, but he’s given thousands of pounds back to the union since he’s been general secretary and he spends his working life trying to improve the pay and conditions of workers.

“On the other side of the coin, the likes of The Sun, whose editor hides behind a veil of secrecy, is leading the charge for poorly paid public servants to have their pay and pensions cut even more to pay off a deficit caused by the banks and by the economic incompetence of a government of millionaires that they support.”

The union’s statement is in contrast to the scarcity of information from the publisher of the newspaper.

A spokeswoman for The Sun told UnionNews: “I honestly don’t know,” what the editor, Dominic Mohan earns. Asked what the difference was in the salaries of executives at News International and the lowest-paid staff, she said: “I really couldn’t tell you the details of people’s salaries at the organisation.”

UnionNews understands from reliable sources that Dominic Mohan’s salary is in the region of £400,000 to £500,000 a year, before other benefits.

Independent trade unions have been excluded from NI newspapers since the Wapping dispute, 25 years ago, However, the National Union of Journalists – which has been recruiting large numbers of members at News International since the phone hacking scandal earlier this year – estimates that the average salary of journalists in the UK is around £27,000. Market research suggests that the income of a typical sun reader is £22,000 a year.

Dominic Mohan’s Sun has opposed trade union campaigns for improved salaries in the public sector and derides the views of hundreds of thousands of union members who have voted to strike on November 30th to defend their pensions from attack by a Coalition Cabinet of whom more than two thirds are millionaires. As editor of the Sun, he earns up to twenty times more than an average reader of his newspaper.

Earlier this year, a survey by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that the public believes company chief executives deserve 65 per cent less than they actually earn and that two-thirds of people would support government action to reduce the gap between high and low earners.

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