Trade Union Political Funds and LevyJump to full report >>
This note summarises the law and recent debate about trade union political funds.
Trade unions wishing to contribute to political parties or engage in other political activities must establish a political fund. Under legislation introduced in 1984, unions must ballot their members every ten years on the continuance of these funds.
Individual union members in Great Britain can contract-out of paying the political levy. Those who remain contracted-in cannot decide on the use of their individual contribution. The use of political funds (including whether to contribute to a political party) is a matter of union policy, subject to approval at the union’s annual conference.
Commons Briefing papers SN00593
Author: Douglas Pyper