Our Political Fund
The EIS was formed to promote sound learning and to advance the interests of education in Scotland but more recently the objects have been extended to include the interests and welfare of teachers and lecturers generally in Scotland.
We protect and advance the interests of our members by negotiating with employers on matters such as pay, hours, working conditions and pensions.
We also provide support and protection to members when they are most needed.
We cannot operate in a vacuum as the interests and welfare of members are affected by events elsewhere including
• the state of the economy,
• the policies of local and central Government
• legal provisions governing, for example, employment
Trade Union Legislation makes clear the rights of unions to pursue the interests of their members through political activities although, where a union does so, the cost must be met from a separate "Political Fund”.
The 1984 Act states that unions are required to ballot once every ten years on renewal of their political fund. The EIS political fund was set up in 1987 with support from an overwhelming majority of members. In 1997 and 2007 the vast majority of members supported the continuation of the fund.
A political fund protects against legal challenges to our campaigning role.
It allows us to put the case forcefully for quality education at all levels and to maintain a high profile on issues central to the interests of education - e.g. prior to General Elections, thus ensuring Education is a big issue and focusing attention on the educational priorities for the future government.
We are not affiliated to any political party
We have no intention of engaging in any party political campaign and members should note that the EIS Constitution contains a provision that prevents the EIS from affiliating to any political party unless such a proposal has been approved by a majority of EIS members voting in a ballot on that particular proposal.
The Political Fund is maintained by means of a separate political levy of £1.80 p.a. payable by members over and above the normal EIS subscription. All members are strongly urged to pay the political levy.
Any member, who wishes to contract out of contributing to the political levy, must give notice in the form laid down by the 1992 Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act and by the EIS Constitution or in a form to the like effect – (see EIS Constitution for further details).
Members who contract out of paying the political fund levy will not be excluded from any of the benefits of membership or placed in any respect, either directly or indirectly, under any disability or disadvantage as compared with other members of the EIS. Contribution to the Political Fund of the EIS is not a condition for admission to the EIS