Trade Unions: Political Levy
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Photo of Francis Maude

Francis Maude (Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office; Horsham, Conservative)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of members of each trade union with a political fund have exercised their right to opt out of the political levy, according to the records held by the Certification Officer.

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Pat McFadden (Minister of State (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform; Wolverhampton South East, Labour)

The figures requested are in the following table.

Union n ame Total number of union members contributing to General Fund Number of members contributing to the political Fund Numbers of members who have completed an exemption notice and therefore do not contributed to the political fund Numbers of members who have completed an exemption notice as a percentage of total number of union members contributing to the General Fund
Aspect 3,854 3,636 0 0.0
Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen 16,156 15,788 368 2.3
Association of Revenue and Customs 2,624 2,547 77 2.9
Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union 23,266 22,658 0 0.0
Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union 26,210 25,465 161 0.6
Communication Workers Union 236,679 195,770 29,081 12.3
Community 30,291 28,053 2,712 9.0
Connect; The Union for Professionals in Communications 19,316 14,415 4,901 25.4
Educational Institute of Scotland 59,539 54,196 1,360 2.3
Fire Brigades Union 45,410 35,487 8,667 19.1
GMB 590,125 562,173 27,952 4.7
Musicians Union 30,579 29,657 730 2.4
National Association of Colliery Deputies and Shotfirers 317 336 108 34.1
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Woman Teachers 265,202 212,899 9 0.0
National Union of Mineworkers 2,871 1,950 106 3.7
Energy and General Workers Union 16 16 0 0.0
National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers 67,315 65,729 1,586 2.4
POA 36,172 31,850 4 0.0
Public and Commercial Services Union 304,829 284,216 361 0.1
Prospect 91,225 78,559 262 0.3
Transport Salaried Staffs Association 28,954 27,081 1,722 5.9
Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians 123,065 91,757 16,838 13.0
Union of Democratic Mineworkers 2,166 2,166 0 0.0
Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers 356,046 337,613 18,433 5.2
UNISON: The Public Service Union 1,344,000 883,562 17,065 1.3
University and College Union 110,774 96,048 14,726 13.3
Unite the Union 1,630,585 1,291,408 332,202 20.4
Unity 6,376 5,993 265 4.2
Totals 5,459,962 4,401,028 479,696 (1)8.8
(1 )Average

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Robert Parkhill
Posted on 21 Feb 2011 3:08 pm (Report this annotation)

What would be interesting is a comparison done if and when the unions actually informed the members of the right to opt out of the political fund and what is done with the money.

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