Following a ballot of all members in 1995, UNISON uniquely decided to have a political fund with two sections. Members have voted overwhelmingly in two further ballots to continue the fund, which will allow UNISON to continue campaigning in the political arena, including the current campaigns to defend public services, pensions and trade union rights.
The General Political Fund (GPF) which finances political campaigns in the wider public arena. It is not affiliated to any political party – is used for general campaigning, for example the long campaign for a Scottish Parliament. A branch can access these funds when it needs to run campaigns concerning political decisions.
The Affiliated Political Fund (APF) or LabourLink finances our affiliation to the Labour Party.
Members individually choose which fund to contribute to. They can also decide to opt out of any political levy or contribute to both funds.