Asian levy

Asian levy
   a bribe
   This was paid by ship-owners to the National Union of Seamen at £30 a head annually for each lowly paid Asian crew member employed on a British-registered ship in return for the union raising no objection:
    The old NUS had a history of controversial financial deals including the now notorious 'Asian levy'. {Daily Telegraph, 28 September 1999)

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