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    Unite the Union: Save on your membership fees & stop funding the Labour Party!

    Hi

    If you don't like the Labour Party, like saving money and you're a member of the Unite union, here's a little thing you can do to avoid paying £6.90 a year to the Labour Party.

    Page 32 of the The Unite Rule Book, see link below if you don't have your own copy to hand, states that you can make yourself exempt from contributing to the Political Fund (pot of money sent to the Labour Party) simply by sending a form to them. It won't, in the majority of cases, take effect straight away - you have to wait until January but you may as well do it now so you don't forget!

    Before you get worried, it's in their rule book that they can't treat you any differently from a member who does want to fund Labour! So if they do, sue them!

    Sure this will receive some interesting comments!

    unitetheunion.com/pdf…pdf

    23 Comments

    top find this really bugs me

    Not a deal and not a freebie - so should be in Misc.....

    Original Poster

    gari189;5434013

    Not a deal and not a freebie - so should be in Misc.....



    You get Unite membership for less than normal price. Isn't that a deal???

    how is this a deal???

    top deal!!!!

    Original Poster

    Well, didn't take long to be censored, did it? How saving over 5% on your annual subscription is not a deal is beyond me. I'll take this to a proper deals site instead...

    sorry cold for me; no real reason I guess; this isnt so much a deal; if it was a deal you wouldnt be adding the dig at labour; but if it saves some people money i guess it will be hot for them

    ooo000ooo

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    bfjem;5434089

    sorry cold for me; no real reason I guess; this isnt so much a deal; if it … sorry cold for me; no real reason I guess; this isnt so much a deal; if it was a deal you wouldnt be adding the dig at labour; but if it saves some people money i guess it will be hot for them



    Well, the mods obviously think that this isn't a deal either. Shame, a lot of people could have saved a few pounds every year.

    Yes, I don't like Labour. I could deny this and not put it in my post but I feel it's best to be honest. People would have been able to work out for themselves that putting a deal up to take money away from Labour probably doesn't mean I'm a supporter!

    Perhaps a mod could tell me what would happen if I re-posted this as purely a way to save money on their Unite membership, with no mention of the fact that the money they save would have been paid to a political party. Would this be ok?

    monkeydo;5434141

    Well, the mods obviously think that this isn't a deal either. Shame, a … Well, the mods obviously think that this isn't a deal either. Shame, a lot of people could have saved a few pounds every year.Yes, I don't like Labour. I could deny this and not put it in my post but I feel it's best to be honest. People would have been able to work out for themselves that putting a deal up to take money away from Labour probably doesn't mean I'm a supporter!Perhaps a mod could tell me what would happen if I re-posted this as purely a way to save money on their Unite membership, with no mention of the fact that the money they save would have been paid to a political party. Would this be ok?



    Hey im not taking offence at the dig at labour more just the attemp at masking it as a deal; tbh as long as you dont support the bnp your ok with me lol :thumbsup:

    But the union donates money to Labour for a reason - if you don't like Labour so much, why not drop union membership altogether and instead support a right-wing, anti trade-union party?

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    bfjem;5434184

    Hey im not taking offence at the dig at labour more just the attemp at … Hey im not taking offence at the dig at labour more just the attemp at masking it as a deal; tbh as long as you dont support the bnp your ok with me lol :thumbsup:



    That's ok then! I definitely don't support BNP! :thumbsup:

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    jah128;5434185

    But the union donates money to Labour for a reason - if you don't like … But the union donates money to Labour for a reason - if you don't like Labour so much, why not drop union membership altogether and instead support a right-wing, anti trade-union party?



    Agreed, they do give money to the Labour party for a reason. But I bet if you asked 100 Unite members, how many do you think will know that around 5% of their membership fee goes straight to the Labour party?

    For the record, I'm not a Unite member.

    monkeydo;5434025

    You get Unite membership for less than normal price. Isn't that a deal???



    I think this is more of a tip but I'll let the mods decide

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    gari189;5434242

    I think this is more of a tip but I'll let the mods decide



    It looks like they have :thumbsup:

    Where do I post tips that save people money? :roll:

    As usual, the mods have fallen quiet after taking swift and decisive action. I wish they weren't so shy!

    monkeydo;5434238

    Agreed, they do give money to the Labour party for a reason. But I bet … Agreed, they do give money to the Labour party for a reason. But I bet if you asked 100 Unite members, how many do you think will know that around 5% of their membership fee goes straight to the Labour party? For the record, I'm not a Unite member.



    I'd hope that at least most of the people who pay for union membership do a little research into what the union is, what it stands for, what it offers, what its history is and where the money goes - but no doubt many don't bother.

    Its an interesting post though (not really a deal but don't take any offence at it being moved to misc, most things similar to this - tips to save people money - would be) although it sort of seems to me like you can pay less to the union but in the long term weaken the union in the process.

    I think the mods are right to move this to Misc - this is a standard opt out for any union membership. As Jah128 mentions - hopefully anyone who is politically aware enough to join a union is also politically aware enough to realise part of their subs go to the Labour party. I believe you can opt to pay the money to other parties instead but I could be wrong here....

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    jah128;5434300

    I'd hope that at least most of the people who pay for union membership do … I'd hope that at least most of the people who pay for union membership do a little research into what the union is, what it stands for, what it offers, what its history is and where the money goes - but no doubt many don't bother. Its an interesting post though (not really a deal but don't take any offence at it being moved to misc, most things similar to this - tips to save people money - would be) although it sort of seems to me like you can pay less to the union but in the long term weaken the union in the process.



    No offence taken. I'm just like a power-hungry politician, seeking maximum exposure for minimum effort! :thumbsup:

    I don't disagree that if Unite don't manage to provide as much funding to Labour then they may be less inclined to listen to what they have to say. However, won't it be nice if we lived in a perfect world where the political parties listened to the electorate and acted on what we wanted without having to be paid extra on the side for the privilege? I can dream!

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    gari189;5434342

    I think the mods are right to move this to Misc - this is a standard opt … I think the mods are right to move this to Misc - this is a standard opt out for any union membership. As Jah128 mentions - hopefully anyone who is politically aware enough to join a union is also politically aware enough to realise part of their subs go to the Labour party. I believe you can opt to pay the money to other parties instead but I could be wrong here....



    I would imagine it is fairly standard amongst unions. You are wrong that the money can be paid to other parties. They are fairly adamant that anyone remotely senior in the party cannot support, in any way, another political party. While Labour have historically been seen as a party for working people in Britain, I think a large reason for their falling popularity can be attributed to their recent failings in this area.

    monkeydo;5434413

    I would imagine it is fairly standard amongst unions. You are wrong that … I would imagine it is fairly standard amongst unions. You are wrong that the money can be paid to other parties. They are fairly adamant that anyone remotely senior in the party cannot support, in any way, another political party. While Labour have historically been scene as a party for working people in Britain, I think a large reason for their falling popularity can be attributed to their recent failings in this area.



    I don't disagree at all there - 'New' Labour have made a lot of steps backward - but at the same time, there isn't going to be a utopian state where the electorate all speak as one and the government do what is asked of them - after all, several thousand have voted for a racist holocaust-denier, I think I probably distrust the electorate as much as those they elect :thumbsup:

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    jah128;5434442

    I don't disagree at all there - 'New' Labour have made a lot of steps … I don't disagree at all there - 'New' Labour have made a lot of steps backward - but at the same time, there isn't going to be a utopian state where the electorate all speak as one and the government do what is asked of them - after all, several thousand have voted for a racist holocaust-denier, I think I probably distrust the electorate as much as those they elect :thumbsup:



    I know, a lot of those people live near me too! Scary!

    Im a unite member as our site only allows that union but I don`t support Labour at all so this is usefull to me

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    fingermouse;5434893

    Im a unite member as our site only allows that union but I don`t support … Im a unite member as our site only allows that union but I don`t support Labour at all so this is usefull to me



    Well I'm glad one person appreciates this! :thumbsup:
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