Sunday, 2 November 2014

Vote YES to keep your union’s voice

UNISON Scotland is urging all members to defend the union’s campaigning voice by voting ‘yes’ to keep its unique political fund. The ballot runs from 1-30 November.

Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish secretary explains: “Like all trade unions, UNISON is required in law to have a political fund for campaigning generally and specifically to affiliate or donate to any political party.

“UNISON is unique in giving members four options - to join the General Political Fund for general campaigning, or the Affiliated Fund which is connected to the Labour Party, or contribute to both, or to opt out of the fund.

What’s political?
The best way to define this is to list the kind of campaigns that the union could not have mounted without a political fund.

promoting and defending public services through Scotland’s Public Works campaign

lobbying and campaigning against outsourcing and privatisation, including the victory in Edinburgh

campaigning for fairer pay through the Worth It campaign

fighting racism and discrimination, including our successful fight against the BNP

defending pensions

improving employment rights, including paid holidays, rights for agency workers - and building support to stamp out zero hours contract abuses

getting legislation for more equality including through public sector equalities duties

extending coverage of the Scottish Living Wage and getting this issue up the political agenda in the Scottish Parliament and in public sector agencies and the Third Sector.

UNISON Scotland support for the People’s Assembly and we have contributed to a new campaigning guide issued by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity Scotland.

UNISON Scotland responses to consultations conducted by the Scottish Parliament are in part resourced from the Political Fund and have included:

Appointments to Public Bodies
Building Standards
Careers Service
Energy & Fuel Poverty
Ethical Standards m Finance
Freedom of Information
Health & Community Care
Regulation of Care.


  1. Anonymous8:17 pm

    Can you double check this 4 options point. I'm sure the form says tick only one - so there would only be three.

    1. I've looked at the form and it is misleading. I am sure you can join both though.