Trade unions founded the Labour Party over a century ago and remain uniquely important to it. Union contributions made up most of the £9.5 million Labour raised for the June 2017 general election campaign. One-third of 39 places on the party’s National Executive Council go to affiliated unions.
There are currently 12 unions paying national affiliation fees. These are:
- ASLEF (Amalgamated Society of Locomotive Engineers & Firemen)
- BFAWU (Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union)
- Community CWU (Communication Workers Union)
- FBU (Fire Brigades Union)
- GMB (General Municipal & Boilermakers)
- Musicians Union – NUM (National Union of Mineworkers)
- TSSA (Transport Salaried Staff Association)
- USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers)
The local branches of affiliated unions can pay a small fee to the CLP and can send delegates to the General Meeting. The delegate must be a local resident, who is already a paid-up party member. By this December (2019) around 24 branches from five different national unions (CWU, GMB, Unite, USDAW and UNISON), will have affiliated to Bolton North East CLP.
If you’re not already a member of a union, join one. If your place of work does not already have a union then you can find what union to join at: www.tuc.org.uk/join-union