Making our voice
heard in the Labour Party
|Labour Party Leadership Elections 2015
New voting arrangements are in place for these elections as follows:
Labour Party members
If you are a member of the Labour Party you will get a vote directly.
If you pay into UNISON's LabourLink (affiliated fund) and are not a Labour Party member you can only vote if you register
If you pay into UNISON's LabourLink (affiliated fund) but you are not actually a Labour Party member you can get a vote but you have to register (free) at http://support.labour.org.uk
The Affiliated Political Fund, often known
as UNISON Labour Link, works for UNISON through
affiliation to the Labour Party at national
and local levels. It is financed only by voluntary
contributions from members who choose to pay
the levy. UNISON has two political funds, the
APF affiliated to the Labour Party and the General
Political Fund for non-party political campaigning.
We supported the election of Labour MSPs, particularly
those whom we nominated, and Labour councillors.
Then we worked to have the Labour administration
of the Council and the Scottish Parliament adopt
policies which benefit UNISON members.
UNISON achieves a lot of influence in this
way. However, it would also be true to say that
in some crucial areas the policies being pursued
are opposed by UNISON - for example, the use
of the Private Finance Initiative, under funding
of public services and the dangers of 'externalisation'
through Best Value. So we have taken our arguments
on these topics into the local constituency
committees of the Labour Party, with some success,
to its Policy Forums, and to councillors, MPs
We also contributed to the national policies
of the APF, for instance on Welfare Reform.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the APF activities,
for instance through standing for the APF Committee
or being a delegate to Labour Party meetings,
should contact the LabourLinnk Officer at the