GMB CEC Scales Down Union's National Political Fund and Cuts Affiliation To Labour Party
GMB statement following CEC meeting yesterday Tuesday 3rd September 2013
"The GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) has voted to reduce its current levels of affiliation to the Labour Party from 420,000 to 50,000 from 2014.
This will reduce the union's basic affiliation fee to the Labour Party by £1.1m per year.
It is expected that there will be further reductions in spending on Labour Party campaigns and initiatives.
GMB CEC expressed considerable regret about the apparent lack of understanding that the proposal mooted by Ed Miliband will have on the collective nature of trade union engagement with the Labour Party.
A further source of considerable regret to the CEC is that the party that had been formed to represent the interest of working people in this country intends to end collective engagement of trade unions in the party they helped to form.
The CEC also decided to scale down by one third the level of it's national political fund."
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