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Usdaw say Yes to their political fund

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Usdaw members have given a resounding Yes in the union’s political fund ballot. 93% of those who voted gave a vote of confidence in the union having a political voice to advance the interests of its members.


The union is the UK’s fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 433,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.


Meg commented:


“As a member of Usdaw myself I am very pleased and proud that the members have supported keeping their political voice to advance their interests. The high vote for the political fund shows that members understand that the union needs to advance issues like those for vulnerable workers, those on zero hours contracts and agency workers; protecting shopworkers from violence threats and abuse, and helping those members who are trying to balance their work with their caring responsibilities.


John Hannett, Usdaw’s General Secretary said:


“I am delighted to get this overwhelming vote of confidence in Usdaw keeping a political voice. We pride ourselves on being the campaigning union, and our members have recognised the importance of this, particularly in the face of attacks on our members’ rights from the Tory-led Coalition Government.


The number of members voting yes for us to retain a political voice is the highest we’ve had over the four ballots held since 1985. It is crucial for our members that we do retain a political voice in these difficult times, because we cannot deliver on all their aspirations by negotiation alone and we have important campaigns ahead of us.”


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