UNISON to hold 10-year political fund ballot

Ballot papers will be going out to all 1.3 million members from 15 July asking whether or not UNISON should keep its political fund

UNISON is to hold it’s 10 year political fund ballot, this summer, with ballot papers going out to all 1.3 million members from 15 July asking whether or not the union should keep its political fund.

All trade unions are required by law to hold a ballot every 10 years.

The political fund enables UNISON to campaign for better rights at work, for more support for public services and against discrimination.

A ‘yes’ vote is vital to the work that UNISON does to defend and promote our members’ interests.

Over the years the political fund has helped secure gains including the national minimum wage, equalities legislation and increased investment in the NHS. UNISON’s input into the current government’s New Deal for Working People would not have been possible without the political fund.

Civica Election Services have been appointed to act as independent scrutineer for this election, under part of their contract to provide election services to UNISON.

Ballot papers will be posted from 15 July. The ballot closes on 16 August. The result of the ballot will be published on 22 August.