The following submission sent to the House of Lords on Monday, 9th February 2016 is a clear declaration that the Workers of England Union is not and will not be affiliated to any political party. We have always cherished our political party neutrality as this has enabled us to pick campaigns that benefit our members. Protecting your jobs, ensuring that are treated fairly by your employer and improving your working conditions are our priority.
There is a clear difference between us and other Trade Unions as we are not tied to some obscure party political policy that we know will not work. We are free to choose and pick the best policies from any political party as we are not dictated to.
Please read our submission printed below.
SUBMISSION WORKERS OF ENGLAND UNION
HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE
ON TRADE UNION POLITICAL FUNDS &
POLITICAL PARTY FUNDING – CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The Workers of England Union are a new and relatively small Trade Union with ambitions to represent all types of workers in England.
The Workers of England Union submits that no Trade Union should be giving money into a political fund in supporting any political party. A Union’s campaigning funds should be used to support campaigns which are in the Interests of its members.
The Workers of England Union therefore opposes all political party funding from Trade Union funds.
The proper purpose of a Trade Union has been lost sight of by the big established Labour supporting Trade Unions. A Trade Union should support its members and campaign on issues that in the view of the leadership and members of the Union are in the interests of that Trade Union’s members.
In the alternative, contrary to our submissions, if Unions are to be allowed to continue to operate political funds then the Workers of England Union supports an annual cap on donations to any political party of £50,000. We also support the principle that individual members should have to opt in in order for it to be legal for the Union to use part of their subscription for their political fund.
As a general principle Trade Unions should not be affiliated to any one political party because all parties have at least some policies which are in the interests of Union members. Trade Unions should focus on campaigning on issues which are in the interests of their members.
Workers of England Union