Members of the Unite union face their second national ballot of the year, this time over the future of the union’s political fund.
Unite raises over £6 million a year from members’ contributions for spending on political campaigns. Most of this ends up with the Labour Party.
Unite is Labour’s biggest source of funds, but Labour consistently fails to implement Unite’s policies. A political fund should be used to defend Unite councillors like Kevin Bennett in Warrington, expelled from Labour for voting against cuts.
The ballot will run for three weeks from Wednesday of this week. Members should vote yes to keep the fund.
Jerry Hicks, who campaigned against Unite’s uncritical backing of Labour, got almost 80,000 votes in the recent general secretary election.
He is now calling post-election meetings for his supporters.
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