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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Society will ballot members to create a political fund

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Delegates at this year’s Annual Delegates Conference overwhelmingly voted in favour of a ballot of all members asking if they want the Society to set-up a political fund.

If members vote ‘yes’, it will be the first time that the Society of Radiographers will have set up a resource 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 SoR’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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