National retired members’ committee chair Dave Kippest is urging members to use their vote in the union’s political fund ballot, which closes at the end of this month.
All retired members (except in Northern Ireland where there are different arrangements) are entitled to vote in this ballot.
Ballot papers were been delivered with the autumn issue of U magazine, which members should have received at the beginning of November.
“I strongly urge all retired members to use their votes,” says Mr Kippest.
“I have already completed and returned my ballot with a ‘yes’ vote, and I hope that all retired members will do the same.
“I must stress that a ‘yes’ vote is a vote for choice.
“Members will not be obliged to contribute to the fund if they vote ‘yes’, but they will be allowing others to do so. A ‘no’ vote will deny all members this right.”
UNISON’s retired members’ organisation has used the general poitical fund successfully to fund joint campaigning work with the National Pensioners’ Convention.
Mr Kippest points out that a ‘yes’ vote will enable this kind of joint work to continue: “it is about having the right to speak up on the issues that matter. Without this fund we would have no voice”.
The postal ballot started on 1 November and all papers must be returned by 30 November.
If you have not received a ballot paper, please phone the ballot helpline at UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857. Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday.