Jeremy left his post six months early in July 2011 after his former deputy Michelle Stanistreet was elected unopposed to replace him.
He received a payment of £30,639 in lieu of notice, a further £9,444 in lieu of untaken sabbaticals, and £5,384 in employers’ national insurance.
The payment, which had not been reported to the union’s National Executive Committee, came to light during an inspection of the accounts by the Nottingham branch which was seeking to overturn a decision by the union to scrap its training department.
Branch officials subsequently circulated a memo written by former deputy general secretary Jake Ecclestone questioning the payment.
Jake argued that Jeremy “could not possibly have been entitled” to the notice payment as he had already announced in January 2011 that he would not be seeking re-election.
Wrote Jake: “The explanation for this payment “in lieu of notice” is egregious nonsense. Mr Dear told the then president, Peter Murray, and the treasurer, Anita Halpin, in early January 2011 that he did not intend to seek-re-election later that year.
“His impending departure was reported to a meeting of the National Executive Council on 4 February , and he left in July. Having given and worked six months’ notice according to his contract of employment, Mr Dear could not possibly have been entitled to a further six months’ money.”
In response, the union has claimed the payment was within Jeremy’s contractual terms and so did not need to be sanctioned by the NEC.
The union has previously told members that subscriptions may have to rise in order to stave off a “financial crisis.”