Unity members vote by 93% to merge with GMB

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB, GMB-MEC, GMB-NWI, UK unions,

unityMembers of the Stoke-based ceramics union Unity have voted by 93% in favour of a merger with GMB.

Unity general secretary Harry Hockaday said: “These are exciting times for our union and its members. The combined experience of Unity and the GMB will create a stronger more secure union for the benefit of all our members.”

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said:  “The two unions joining forces will provide improved and strengthened services for all our members and their families.  The new union will protect our historic values and allow us to invest in representation and support services for all our member’s needs.

“There will now be a period of transition which will take place to ensure that there is a smooth integration of the two unions.  There will be no interruption in service to our members during this time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members who voted in favour of the merger thereby securing a positive future for all our members.”

Unity has 4,184 members. GMB has 613,384 members.


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