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.