South West Labour link

To secure a better deal for our members, UNISON works to get our priorities into Labour Party policy.

Organising, representing and negotiating in workplaces is the heart of UNISON’s activity and the root of our strength. By bringing together many thousands of workers, our members have a better chance of a fair deal.

This strength is also important in politics. So many aspects of work are shaped by law – local and national. So putting pressure on politicians to support public services is an important job for us.

UNISON works with all parties to do this. We have a special link with the Labour Party, as voted for by our members, because we share important values when it comes to protecting working people, delivering high quality public services, and acting together for strength.

To be part of this link, you can opt to pay part of your subscriptions into the Affiliated Political Fund – this is the only part of UNISON’s finances that can be used for party-political work.

Find out more about what Labour Link has achieved for UNISON members, as well as how it is run and where the money comes from.

Labour Link in the South West

Leading the region’s work with the Labour Party is a regional committee. Any UNISON member who pays into the Affiliated Political Fund and is also a Labour member is eligible to be on this committee.

In branches, a Labour Link officer may be elected who is responsible for working with the local Labour Parties.

Read our report on the 2017 General Election in the South West

Read our delegates’ report on Labour Link forum 2017

To find out more, contact your branch, or email