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Political Levy

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether individual trade union members have the right to (a) opt out from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) political fund and (b) opt out from their political levy being apportioned to the TUC’s political fund. (191052)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the level of awareness of trade union members of their right to opt out of contributing to trade unions’ political funds. (191087)

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has taken measures to raise awareness of this right by producing guidance on the relevant law in a publication entitled “Trade Union political funds: a guide for trade unions, their members and others”. There has been no research by the Department to measure awareness of this or any other trade union right.