Ucatt members vote to keep political fund
Members of construction union Ucatt have approved the continued use of some of their dues for political campaigning.
Under employment law, trades unions are required to hold a ballot every 10 years to provide a democratic mandate for any political work.
Although barely 20% of members returned a ballot paper, 97.2% of those that did vote supported the retention of the Ucatt political fund as part of their membership subscription.
The vote was adjudicated by Electoral Reform Services Ltd, with the result showing only 2.8% of voting members voting against keeping the political fund.
Acting general secretary Brian Rye said: “In trying times, as trade unions come under increasing attack from this Tory government via the trade union bill, we expected nothing less of our members. We know they truly value their trade union as their workplace protector and as their voice within the corridors of power. This is a campaigning union and always has been. Whether it’s blacklisting, low pay, health and safety, or justice in the workplace, this union has always and will always be at the side of the British construction worker. Whatever the Tories and the ruling elites throw at our members, we will be there for them.”
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This article was published on 24 Feb 2016 (last updated on 24 Feb 2016).