Why all the fuss?
When I was in paid employment I did become a member of the Unison union. I had the option not to pay into the "political levy" that was actually aimed at funding the Labour Party among other things.
That's why I don't undertand all the fuss at the moment with Miliband and the unions. If one union could offer members the chance to "opt out" of political affiliation why haven't all the rest done so. To say that by joining a union you automatically support the Labour Party is wrong these days.
People join a union these days to help protect them in the workplace. It's silly and presumptious to deduce a person's voting intentions by membership of this type of organisation.
My main beef with Unison was that despite the opt out they couldn't "flick a switch" in their database to ensure I didn't get Labour Party leaflets with their normal members magazines.
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