Review of Political Fund Effectiveness

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Conference
2010 National Delegate Conference
Date
16 February 2010
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference approves the recommendations contained in the National Executive Council’s report on the Review of Political Fund Effectiveness.

Recommendations:

1)The report of the Review of Political Fund Effectiveness, which was established to carry out a full review of the political fund arrangements “to scrutinise and reform operations and functional processes to ensure the highest levels of transparency, participation and activity”, should be noted;

2)The finding of the Review that levels of transparency, participation and activity are high compared to other unions, and that both sections of the political fund have facilitated successful lobbying and campaigning that has brought tangible benefits to UNISON members, should be noted;

3)The finding of the Review that levels of transparency, participation, activity and effectiveness could be further improved, should also be noted and as broader participation would strengthen Labour Link’s political influence, we call on Labour Link to review its operational rules to widen participation, consistent with UNISON rules and Labour Party rules relating to political fund levy payers participation;

4)The National Executive Council has a role to play in improving understanding of both the roles and the working of both political fund sections, and encouraging UNISON members, branches, Service Groups, Self-organised Groups, Sectors and Regions to liaise with the political fund sections where this might assist them in advancing UNISON policy objectives. The rules and internal working of the General Political Fund and Labour Link are a matter for their National Committees. The work undertaken by the NEC, General Political Fund and Labour Link to improve levels of transparency, participation, activity and effectiveness, as identified in the Report of the Review of Political Fund Effectiveness, should be endorsed;

5)All levels of the union should be called on to step up engagement with decision-making and policymaking processes that impact on our members, and to promote member participation in the union’s lobbying and campaigning.

Conference also calls on UNISON Labour Link to publish the names of the MPs in the UNISON group of MPs in Labour Link News and on the relevant part of the union’s national website.