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GLASGOW UNISON CALLS FOR FUNDS TO BE DONATED TO SNP

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The Glasgow branch of Unison has endorsed a motion which criticises the government and says that Labour's rivals ma...
The Glasgow branch of Unison has endorsed a motion which criticises the government and says that Labour's rivals may offer policies which are more in the interests of union members.

Scotland on Sunday (p9) reports that the motion is likely to be debated at Unison's Scottish council in December and although Labour-supporting delegates are certain to vote it down, the debate is another indication of emerging tensions between Labour and its trade union allies.

The motion calls on the union to support the extension of Unison's affiliated political fund, used to channel money to Labour. It also says: 'There are other political parties now standing in elections to the Scottish parliament who may better reflect the aims and aspirations of Unison members.

'Given the changed context of Scottish politics, Unison must adopt a more pluralist approach to politics in the wider interests of our members,' it says.

Alex Dingwall, assistant branch secretary in Glasgow City, said: 'There is a general recognition within our membership that given the changing nature of Scottish politics we have to have a voice in other political parties, arguing the Unison case,' he said.
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