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UNISON URGED TO DROP LABOUR

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Scottish National Party trade unionists this week urged Unison members to stop donations to the union's Labour Part...
Scottish National Party trade unionists this week urged Unison members to stop donations to the union's Labour Party fund.

Unison is the only union to hold two types of political fund - one is Labour affiliated and the other is general. For the first time since it was formed by the merger of three public sector unions in 1992, the union is offering its 1.3 million members a choice of which fund they want to join.

SNP trade union group secretary Anne McNair said members should join the general political fund, which pays for campaigns on issues such as low pay and health and safety.

'We are questioning why anyone within public sector unions should be supporting the Labour Party, particularly since some of Peter Mandelson's comments about how there should be no right-of-strike action within the public services,' she said.

Of the organisations which formed Unison, the blue-collar union NUPE and the health union COHSE were affiliated to the Labour Party, and the fund had a £2.8m turnover in 1994. NALGO was non-affiliated, and the fund had a £1.7m turnover.
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