What is the Political Fund?

Part of your UNISON subscription (what you pay each month) is spent on:

  • Campaigning at local level and and national level,
  • Political research,
  • Lobbying in Parliament,
  • Political advertising,

that supports what the union fights for, like a fair pension.

Exactly how this money is spent will depend on which political fund you choose when you join up:


General Political Fund

It is not attached to any political party. In the run-up to general or local elections, the fund has been used for effective advertising campaigns to ensure that issues of importance to UNISON are high on the agenda.

Much of the high profile political campaign work you see from UNISON is paid for by the GPF, but it's not just the big things that the GPF funds. All sorts of local projects and campaigns benefit from receiving funding this way. These include:

  • Anti-racist events
  • Local campaigns against privatisation/marketisation
  • UNISON presence at various regional events
  • Campaigns against council housing sell-off


Affiliated Political Fund (Labour Link)

Your contributions to this fund help to facilitate our lobbying within the Labour Party.

This enables us to promote members' views and argue for UNISON policies, which will improve working terms and conditions, help protect public services and create a better society. Some criticise that this is a blank cheque for Labour, but we keep up the pressure and use our valuable links to get UNISON's agenda heard.