Members of Unite, the country’s largest union, have given a ringing endorsement to the continuation of the union’s political fund which is used to campaign on issues ranging from the NHS, jobs and the economy to social security and rights at work. On a turnout of 18.6 per cent, Unite members voted by a margin of 87.4 per cent in favour of retaining the fund.
From 1 May Unite members across the country started to receive a ballot paper about the Unite political fund. Unite is calling on all members to vote YES to retain the fund, that’s YES to retain a political voice for Britain’s biggest union.
Listen to Len McCluskey outline why you should vote YES to a political fund
Union campaigns succeeded in introducing the National Health Service, health and safety legislation, the minimum wage, employment tribunals, redundancy payments and much more.
That’s why Unite is calling on all members to vote YES to retain the fund, and YES to retain a political voice for Britain’s biggest union.
The 1984 Trade Union Act requires unions to ballot their membership every 10 years to continue with the political or campaigning fund. Without a YES vote Unite would be barred from spending any money at all on any national campaigning activity which criticises the government of the day.
The YES vote matters
Contemplate the next general election. A rampant Conservative party proposes privatisation of the NHS, banning strikes in all public services, ends collective bargaining and wants to outlaw equality legislation including maternity rights. Unite would have to speak out against all these attacks, but that is only possible with a political fund.
A YES vote to a political fund is a vote for a voice – back the political fund and vote YES.
Help back the Unite YES campaign
What you can do…
Make sure your colleagues know about the ballot, are eligible to vote – and urge them to vote YES. Why not organise a briefing session for your workplace or union branch.
• Put the dates in your diary - the ballot runs from 1 May to 22 May
• Download the notice to branches (PDF)
• Download the activists guide to the Unite political fund ballot (PDF)
• Download the Unite political fund ballot flyer (PDF)
• Vote YES as soon as your ballot paper arrives