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GMB Political Fund

GMB balloted all members with regards to the continuation of the political fund in 2014. The result was once again yes

Result - 2014

Number of valid votes cast in favour of the resolution                 59,617         (94.4%)

Number of valid votes cast against the resolution                        3,549           (5.6%)

Political Fund Ballot Result - Press Release

We would like to thank all those members who took part in the ballot. We look forward to continuing our campaigns to influence politics and the political decision making process.

GMB balloted all members with regards to the continuation of the political fund in 2004. The result was a yes. Please see table below

Result - 2004

Number voting YES   98,423 (88.4% of valid vote)
Number voting NO         12,898 (11.6% of valid vote)
    TOTAL 111,321 (100% of valid vote)


GMB has a political fund which is used to finance political campaigns on behalf of GMB members. It is important that trade union members have a voice and are able to lobby governments of all political parties.

GMB not only represents members who work in the public sector, but all our members use public services such as the education, NHS and local authority services.

The political fund has been used to fund campaigns to maintain adequate public services for all and to ensure that this is not at the expense of the employees providing the services. The GMB is currently concerned over the following issues:

  • Pensions
  • Employment rights
  • Manufacturing
  • Foundation Hospitals
  • The rise of the BNP and other far right influences in local politics

Click here to download 5 Reasons to Vote in PDF format.

We believe that it is important that GMB members have a voice putting both the case of the employees and the users of public services to government at national, regional and local level. Like many other trade unions we use our political fund for these purposes.

To enable GMB to maintain a political fund the Government insists that we ballot all our members every 10 years to ensure that they wish us to have a political fund. GMB members have seen the importance of the political fund to them and have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a political fund.

GMB Political fund

The political fund is a GMB campaign fund. It's not just about party politics but about being able to campaign for or against a whole host of policies and issues that impact on members.
All members* contribute to the political fund unless you 'opt out'. You can opt out of the political fund at any time.
If to would like to opt out of the political fund, you can do so by speaking to your branch secretary, branch office, GMB national office or by obtaining a form from the Certification Officer:
GMB National Office, 22 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD Email: Telephone: 020 7391 6700
Certification Officer, 22nd Floor, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JJ Email: Telephone: 020 7210 3734
To find branch offices in your region, click here: ;
If you have any other questions or need further help, please contact GMB's Political Department on
*except in Northern Ireland
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