Thinking about joining the Labour Party?

The Labour Party was created by the Trades Union movement. It is historically our voice in UK Parliament. To keep this connection running UNISON has a section called Labour-Link, who locally and nationally hold discussions with the party. Known as lobbying, this is how we get our message direct to politicians who make the decisions that affect our rights, quality of life and quality of our public services.

When you joined UNISON you had the option to decide whether or not your subscriptions would be included in our Affiliated Political Fund, which basically means that the money goes to help fund the Labour Party. The other option was General Political Fund which helps with other political campaigns that have no direct association with the Labour Party itself. Whether you affiliate or not, there is no extra cost to you. Your monthly UNISON subscription remains the same.

You can change Political Fund option by completing this form and returning it to the branch office (UNISON, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Rd, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5RB).

Those UNISON members who choose Affiliated Political Fund can then join the Labour Party as a full members at a reduced Trade Union Rate, which is half the normal rate, so just £2 per month.

If you simply can’t remember whether you opted in or out, the simplest way to ensure that you are affiliated is to complete Political Fund form and send it to us. We will update your membership with your most recent preference.

UNISON makes no apologies for openly and actively supporting the Labour Party. It is our natural voice in Westminster. Membership of the party has rocketed over the last 18 months, largely due to the popularity of the Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a fellow UNISON member! Whilst we understand and respect that not all of our members support the Labour Party, we will continue to support and affiliate on the opt-in/opt-out basis.

Date Online: 15/06/2017

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