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Union Modernisation Fund

The Union Modernisation Fund (UMF) is a grant scheme, launched by the previous government, providing financial assistance to independent trade unions and their federations for a limited period. It was designed to support innovative modernisation projects which contribute to a transformational change in the organisational effectiveness of a trade union. The UMF sought to enhance the ability of trade unions to meet the needs of their members and to make an effective contribution to constructive employment relations and the economy as a whole.

There have been three rounds of the UMF. There will be no further rounds.

Bids were assessed against a set of eligibility and selection criteria, by the independent UMF Supervisory Board, which comprised members with union, industry and academic experience. The Board has been abolished as it has completed its work.

Successful projects are evaluated and the results publicised among trade unions. This will enable trade unions to test innovative new ideas, to learn what works and to apply these lessons more widely. For more information on the three rounds see the links below:


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BIS guidance on employment rights and responsibilities can be found on the website for employers and the Directgov website for workers.


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