Unison has warned the Labour Party there will be “no more blank cheques”, accusing the government of taking the economy in the “wrong direction” over outsourcing.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said the public-sector giant’s 1.3 million members were “tired of feeding the hand that bites them” and called for support to be offered only to those Parliamentary candidates who backed the union’s values.
Mr Prentis told delegates to the union’s annual conference that Unison’s Labour Link should also suspend all constituency development payments.
We must demand a manifesto that puts limits on privatisation
“We should only work with and support trade union MPs who also stand up for our values and to ensure that any Labour Party manifesto does not continue the privatisation of our public services and those who provide them,” he said.
“We must demand a manifesto that puts limits on privatisation; a manifesto that rebuilds public provision.
“We cannot tell our members to campaign and vote for a party whose manifesto promises more competition and more privatisation of our public services.”
Mr Prentis said that Treasury drives towards outsourcing as the only way for councils to make efficiency savings left councils “falling over themselves” to hand services to private companies when evidence showed it would end up costing more.
The union donates around £1.5m to the Labour Party every year, and in addition gives £1,500 to the local parties of the 64 MPs it supports.
The union also has a general political fund that supports national campaigns and is not affiliated to any political party.