Promoting UNISON in Labour
UNISON members have a very direct way of getting their message across to politicians - through political lobbying. When you join UNISON you are given the opportunity to opt in to what we call the UNISON Labour Link (formerly known as the Affiliated Political Fund or APF).
Your contributions to this fund help to facilitate our lobbying within the Labour Party. Meanwhile our General Political Fund supports local and national campaigns and is not affiliated to any political party.
This enables us to promote members' views and argue for UNISON policies, which will improve working terms and conditions, help protect public services and create a better society. It's the opposite of a blank cheque for Labour. We keep up the pressure and use our valuable links to get UNISON's agenda heard.
UNISON Labour Link is working with Labour's affiliated unions to campaign against the governmentís plans to introduce regional pay in the public sector.
UNISON Labour Link is using the Labour party's policy making process to argue for strong public services and submitted a number of ideas to the recent National Policy Forum. In line with UNISON's policy positions Labour Link has argued that an end to the privatisation culture of the last 30 years is vital if popular and decent public services are to be developed in the future.
UNISON Labour Link is calling on local Labour parties to support the union's pension campaign by passing the following motion.
UNISON Labour Link taking UNISON's message into the community