UNISON. Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing members delivering public and related services.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
UNISON supports Jeremy Corbyn in UK Labour leadership election
Wed 29 July 2015
UNISON has decided to nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership contest and Yvette Cooper as its second choice at the union’s National Labour Link committee today (Wednesday).
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:
“Jeremy Corbyn’s message has resonated with public sector workers who have suffered years of pay freezes, redundancies with too many having to work more for less.
“They have been penalised for too long by a government that keeps on taking more and more from them. Their choice shows a clear need for change towards a fairer society where work is fairly rewarded, and where those living and working in poverty supported.
“Today’s decision is a recommendation and our members are of course free to cast their vote as to who they think should lead the Labour Party.”
Notes to editors
UNISON represents 1.3 million workers in the UK. 430,000 have actively opted-in to the union’s political fund. In the region of 28,000 UNISON members are members of the Labour Party in their own right. And around 15,000 are registered to vote in the leadership contest.
The union’s National Labour Link Committee has 23 elected members from across the UK. The decision was taken following a thorough consultation with all the regions.