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%)
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:
- Employment rights
- Foundation Hospitals
- The rise of the BNP and other far right influences in local politics
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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.