Union to recommend “Yes” vote

FBU members in Essex on strike, 2015

FBU members in Essex on strike, 2015

The FBU has called a special conference to decide whether or not to re-affiliate to the Labour Party.

The union disaffiliated from the party in 2004 after a bitter pay dispute under the Blair government. Now the union’s leadership is recommending members re-affiliate.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: ‘We have seen a remarkable turn of events during the summer, which we hope will change the political landscape to make for a fairer, more just Britain.

“The Labour leader is fully and unreservedly pro-trade unions. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have supported the FBU for many years. In fact, more than a decade ago they founded our Parliamentary Group, of which they are both still members.”

The union will make it clear to all members that the union’s political fund from Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be used for the re-affiliation.

The conference is to take place in Blackpool on November 27th.

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