Ballot on non-party political fund

28 September 2017 by ATL
Members of the National Education Union will soon be asked to vote on whether they wish to create a non-party political fund to support our work around influencing politicians at events, opposing racism and fascism, and encouraging people to register to vote.

A postal ballot of eligible members, including ATL section, NUT section and new members, will run from 1 to 22 November 2017 asking whether the union should open a fund – which will not be used to affiliate the National Education Union to any political party.

Some 17 unions within the TUC have non-party political funds to allow campaigns on issues which matter most to their members. Education unions, NASUWT and UCU and civil service union, Prospect have funds and they also don’t affiliate to any political party.

We urge members to vote YES in November to help the union’s campaign work. A successful ballot means members will make a small payment towards the fund in addition to their subs.

The move to hold a ballot, and the areas on which the funds can be spent, form part of the new union’s rules.

Should a fund be agreed, members will be able to opt out of the fund payment and more details will be made available at that time.

The NUT established a political fund in 2008 following a ballot of members, and this was revised in 2012 by a further ballot of members. 

NUT section members have been informed of the closure of the current fund and the move to ballot in November for the new fund in the National Education Union which will be in the same terms as the previous NUT fund.

Notice to Members
The Joint Executive Council of the National Education Union agreed at their meeting on 1 September 2017 to appoint Electoral Reform Services as the independent scrutineer to carry out the functions in relation to the ballot to establish a Political Fund as are required under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (as amended). The ballot will open on 1 November and close on 22 November 2017.