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Affiliated Trade Unions

Affiliated Trade Unions

The Labour Party was formed out of the trade union movement to give working people their own political voice. The link from the workplace to the party through the affiliated trade unions is what makes it unique to this day. This link is more important than ever as we work together to tackle the urgent problems we face as a country, from stagnating wages to failing public services.

TULO (The Trade Union & Labour Party Liaison Organisation) is the umbrella organisation that coordinates the activities of the 12 trade unions who affiliate to the Labour Party.

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Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers (railways – drivers, operational supervisors and staff)


Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union – food industry


Industries in and around steel, metal and textile communities


Communication Workers Union – post and telecommunications


Fire Brigades Union – firefighters and other workers within fire and rescue services


For general workers in public and private sectors


Musicians Union – performers, writers and teachers in the music industry


National Union of Mineworkers


Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association – railways, London Underground, travel, haulage, shipping


The public service union for all those providing services to the public whether employed in the public, private or voluntary sectors


For general workers in the public and private sectors


Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers – retail, distributive and related industries

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