The Labour Link officer is elected and accountable to the Labour Link section within the branch and must be an individual member of the Labour Party – this is because the post holder should work to take UNISON policy forward in the party, often being a delegate to the
general committee of the party and encouraging joint work and campaigning with the local constituency Labour Party (CLP).
The branch UNISON Labour Link officer is the key contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters and is responsible for co-ordinating our activities in the branch. They also represent the interests of Labour Link levy payers on the UNISON branch committee.
The Labour Link officer will receive support, training and advice on their role and responsibilities from their regional political officer.
Tasks relating to the post of Labour Link officer:
- to explain and develop the role of the UNISON Labour Link within the branch and ensure that correct procedures are followed regarding the rights of Labour Link levy payers
- to receive correspondence and information on Labour Link matters from national and regional levels and from the Labour Party
- to circulate information to Labour Link members in the branch and convene meetings of members as necessary
- to attend the UNISON branch committee and agree appropriate means of promoting UNISON policy in the party
- to organise elections for branch UNISON Labour Link representation within the regional Labour Link as necessary and ensure reports are made by branch delegates on their activities on behalf of members
- to liaise with the Labour Link regional political officer
- to promote political education and policy discussions
- to strengthen links with local Labour Parties by affiliating to constituencies and electing delegates to attend meetings
- to communicate with Labour Party members within the branch and encourage individual membership of the Labour Party
- to build campaigning work around key issues and co-ordinate campaigns with the Labour Party in council, Westminster, Scotland, Wales and European elections.