Staying in Politics – Our Relationship with Labour
Branches will recall Emergency Motion 2 at General Conference 2014 was carried. The text of that motion was as follows:
“Conference notes that on 1st March 2014 the Special Conference of the Labour Party carried the Collins Report. The report in particular covered the basis of the link between the affiliated unions, of which, the CWU is one.
Conference notes that the Labour Party has introduced a requirement for levy paying members, to individually sign-up in order to contribute to the Labour Party.
Conference also notes in law, the CWU are required to ballot all of its members on the maintenance of a political fund by no later than October 2014.
It is crucial that a clear distinction is made between the need for a political fund for our wider political work and the union’s relationship with the Labour Party.
Conference agrees that following the political fund ballot result, the union should move quickly to ensure the necessary procedures are identified, that will mean each individual member of the CWU paying the political levy will have the opportunity prior to the 7th May 2015 General Election to sign-up and give their written consent to the arrangements as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.”
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
The first part of the motion was completed in October 2014 when the union voted to keep the political fund ballot with the union delivering a substantial 86.8% Yes vote with a turnout of 31.8%. The turnout was one of the highest amongst the 4 largest unions.
The second part of the motion instructed the unionto ensure each individual member of the CWU paying the political levy will be given the opportunity prior to the 7th May 2015 General Election to sign-up and give their written consent to the arrangements as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.
Branches should note that LTB 809/14 detailed the creation of the two political funds a general fund and an affiliated fund, for reference this LTB is attached.
To fulfil the second instruction of the motion members who are paying the political levy have now been sent a letter with instructions on how to opt in or out of contributing towards The Labour Party. The letter also details the two political funds (affiliated and General), what the affiliated fund is used for and the importance of opting in to contributing towards The Labour Party, this letter is attached to the LTB.
Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference GS14.24/LTB161/15.