Affiliated Trade Unions

TULO (The Trade Union & Labour Party Liaison Organisation) is the umbrella organisation that coordinates the activities of the 15 trade unions who affiliate to the Labour party. 

Our website is and on it you can find details of how to build strong links between your CLP and the trade union branches in your area.

The trade unions who are affiliated and details of what industries they represent are:

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

BECTU - Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union - (broadcasting, film, video, theatre, cinema and related sectors)

BFAWU - Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union - (food)

COMMUNITY - (industries in and around steel, metal and textile communities)

CWU - Communication Workers Union - (post and telecommunications)

GMB - Britain’s General Union - (general workers in public and private sectors)

MU - Musicians Union - (performers, writers and teachers in the music industry)

NACODS - National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers - (mining)

NUM - National Union of Mineworkers - (mining)

TSSA - Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association - (railways, London Underground, travel, haulage, shipping)

UCATT - Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians - (construction and building)

UNISON - The Public Service Union - (for all those providing services to the public whether employed in the public, private or voluntary sectors)

UNITE - (general workers in public and private sectors)

UNITY - (ceramics industry)

USDAW - Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied USDAW Workers - (retail, distributive and related industries)

GFTU – GFTU is the federation for specialist unions and its members include BECTU, BFAWU, COMMUNITY, MU, NACODS & UNITY. 

For more information about TULO, the affiliated trade unions or to get involved in campaigning around the issues that are of interest to trade union members, then please visit our website

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