A union leader has questioned why big bank bosses are paying so few in their union dues.
Union leaders are expected to hit the road to protest against the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The National Union of Unions (NUU) has welcomed the decision by the Government to leave but said it had a “strong commitment” to the union.
“As a union it is our duty to support the workers and their interests,” the union said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the National Union, Jo Swann, said the decision to remain part of the European union was “one of the most important decisions we have taken”.
“The unions will be a key player in any negotiation on the future of the UK in the coming years,” she said.
Union leaders, who have been in talks to discuss a new contract for several months, have been trying to secure more money from the Government, and have called for the minimum wage to be increased to £10.50 an hour.
They have said that the pay cut would benefit them, and they want a further rise to £15 an hour by 2020.
It is not the first time the Government has cut union pay.
Last year, the Government said it would bring in a pay rise of up to £8.50 for public sector workers, although the figures were not released until later in the year.
Mr Swann said that while the Government was now cutting the union’s pay, they were not changing the law.
“The pay-cut is being made because the unions have to get the money from elsewhere,” he said.
“But we have a strong commitment to the workers.”
The NU’s president, Peter Loughton, said that although the Government had not been forthcoming on the amount they were going to cut the union pay, it would be “fair” to say that it was an increase.
“We’re going to raise the minimum to £12 by 2020, which will be the highest ever paid in the country,” he told the BBC.
The Government said that it would not be taking action against the NU, and said that if the union did not agree to a new pay rise it would seek to enforce a further pay cut.
But union leader, Joe Ruggiero, said it was “highly unlikely” that the Government would be able to enforce such a cut.
“I think it would mean that the unions would have to go back to the bargaining table,” he added.
“I think that the government is trying to intimidate the unions.”