Union says result sends government a clear message from the squeezed middle

Tim Lezard

ProspectProspect members have voted overwhelmingly for a political fund in a result that sends an “important message” to the government.

By law, all trade unions holding a political fund must ballot their members every ten years. In 2003, just 50.2% of members backed the fund. This year’s result saw that figure rise to 91%.

Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy said: “I think this sends a clear message about how our members, who are representative of the ‘squeezed middle’ in society, are hurting. The cost of living is rising, yet their pay and pensions are under attack. Job insecurity is greater, and their workplace rights are being eroded.

“I believe our members are saying they want us to use the political fund to raise their concerns on these issues. I hope politicians will take note of the scale of this result in a trade union that is not militant and not affiliated to any political party. It is a very significant result.”

The ballot was conducted in accordance with the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992. Other trade unions will be holding their ballots in the coming weeks and months.

In total 40,400 members (91.3%) voted to retain the political fund, 3,865 voted against (8.7%) and 77 votes were spoiled or ruled invalid. The turnout was 37.6%.

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Tim Lezard

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