Len McCluskey said: "Unite is committed to Ed Miliband's vision of creating a mass membership party that strengthens the voice of ordinary working people, while maintaining our collective voice.
"Central to this will be encouraging individual political levy paying members of trade unions to 'opt in' to associate membership of the Labour party while ensuring organisations affiliated to the Labour party continue to do so on a collective basis.
"Mending not ending the link and reaching out to ordinary working people with a message of hope is vital if Labour is to win the next election and defeat the Tory misery of fear and falling living standards."
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.