Historically, trade unions have not only negotiated for and championed better workplace rights with employers but for a better deal for working people in the wider world. Having battled to extend the right to vote, it was the unions that created a political party that working people could vote for – the Labour Party. Over one hundred years ago, unions came together to establish the Labour Party in order to give a political voice to the hopes and values of trade union members.
Today, Unite remains affiliated to the Labour Party retaining representation at a local and national level. As a member led union, our affiliation and support for the Labour Party is Unite policy as passed and directed by members at our union policy conference.
In Wales, Unite has a place on the executive and policy making body of the Labour Party and also sends delegates to the annual Welsh Labour conference.