If you would like to find out more information on the role of Labour Link then please visit the Labour Link section of the main UNISON web site.
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.
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.
Latest Labour Link News
BRANCH LABOUR LINK OFFICER REPORT
On Thursday 21st March, I attended the London Region Labour Link AGM at UNISON HQ in Euston with UNISON Labour Link Regional Council and LAS UNISON member, Jason Anderson.
Our branch had tabled a motion calling on the Labour Party to reduce the pension age for Ambulance workers from 67 to 60.
LAS UNISON member, Matt Fisher, organised a hugely successful online petition attempting to address this issue last year which was signed by over 200,000 members of the public.
There were three other motions tabled and only two motions could be moved forward to the National Labour Link AGM on Friday 5th July.
I am very pleased to announce that our motion was the only one that received unanimous support as we secured all 43 votes from Labour Link colleagues from UNISON branches across the capital.
On Wednesday 10th April at the UNISON Health Conference in Bournemouth, a motion calling on the union Health Group Executive to lobby the government for a reduction in retirement age for operational Ambulance staff to 60 years of age.
The political situation changes hour by hour it seems. However, the Labour Party have been consistent in calling for a General Election. If our motion succeeds at National level, it will be placed before the National Executive of the Party and hopefully become part of the manifesto.
LAS UNISON Labour Link Officer
Joining the Labour Party at the reduced TU rate
UNISON members can join the Labour Party at a reduced rate (£22.50 per yr/£1.88 per month) either by completing an application form or joining on-line. Alternatively members can be directed to http://www.labour.org.uk/trade_union_join