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Society of Radiographers to ballot members to create political fund

28 April 2015

The trade union that represents diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment specialists in the NHS is to ask members if they want to set-up a political fund. If members vote ‘yes’, it will be the first time that the Society of Radiographers, established almost a hundred years, will have set up a fund specifically to finance political activity.

“Throughout its history, the Society has not been affiliated to a political party but we recognise that if we want to continue to campaign for or against public policy and NHS issues we will need to establish a political fund to comply with trade union legislation,” commented Paul Moloney, the union’s industrial relations manager.

The Society’s UK Council views the establishment of a fund as being a defensive act against the passing last year of the Lobbying Act, which gives a greater role to auditors in ensuring union resources are specifically identified as being for campaigning activities.

“If our members agree to this change, we will join the 28 other TUC-affiliated trade unions which currently have political funds,” Paul Moloney said. “In the SoR it is our members, not auditors, who determine our activities.”

“If members vote for this, we will continue to be able to challenge politicians of all parties and to question the consequences of decisions that affect the radiography workforce and patients.”

The Society will ballot members later this year.

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Notes for editor:

1. The Society of Radiographers represents 28,000 people who work in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer. More than 19,000 radiographers work in the NHS in the UK.

2. Nine out of 10 patients see a radiographer when they attend A&E or during a stay in hospital.

3. For further information please contact:

Paul Bromley on 020 7740 7225

Dominic Deeson on 0795 784 5238 / 01227 469060

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