Offering Unite a Political Choice - Support Our Motion!
The Unite Housing Workers Branch wants to give Unite greater political choice. Currently Unite is affiliated to the Labour Party. As well as helping to fund Labour, this means that we are only allowed to support Labour Party candidates in council, general, or European elections. This support includes donations and support in kind, such as canvassing and leafleting on behalf of the candidate.
In July, Unite delegates will gather in Brighton to consider changes to the rule book, and we are seeking to use this opportunity to change our union's rules so that we are able to support any candidate whose programme is consistent with Unite policy - whether they are standing on behalf of Labour, another political party, or as an independent.
Each branch and various union committees were allowed to submit one rule change each. We submitted the following rule change which was democratically agreed by members at the branch meeting in January 2015:
2.1.5 To further political objectives including by affiliation to the Labour Party.
2.1.5 To further political objectives including by support for candidates in local, general and European elections whose manifesto is aligned to Unite objectives or policy.
We are asking members to give further support by signing up to this motion. Please do so by adding your name to the 'Post a Comment' box below.
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