General secretary Dave Prentis has also taken the unprecedented step of writing to all members of the union in constituencies with BNP candidates, urging them to not vote for the BNP. He said:
'We see the valuable contribution they make, yet the BNP would have us believe there is no place for these workers, preferring instead their culture of violence, intimidation and division. The BNP has tried to repackage itself as a respectable political party, but beneath the veneer of suits and so called policiees on social issues are deep set values of racial superiority. It is right we expose and challenge them for what they are.
'Let's stand up to the racists - let's stand up for respect, dignity, diversity and the right of everyone of us to be free from pain, fear, humiliation and poverty. Don't vote BNP. Vote for a fairer future for all'.
The union will be spending up to£250,000 (the amount it is allowed under electoral law) in the run-up to the elections.