TUC says if online voting is good enough for Tories it should be good enough for working people

Tim Lezard Europe, UK,

mouseUnions have accused the Tories of hypocrisy after the party allowed its members to vote online for their London mayoral candidate while banning trade unions for doing the same.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:  “Zac Goldsmith has just been selected the Conservative’s mayoral candidate by an online ballot. But the government won’t allow union members to vote online during strike ballots on the grounds it is ‘not safe’.

“If online balloting is good enough the Conservative Party, why can’t working people use it? Why are unions being saddled with twentieth century postal balloting methods that make it harder to boost participation in ballots?

“This is a clear case of hypocrisy. Online voting is the way to bring balloting bang up-to-date and help ensure some equality in the workplace. There is no reason why unions should be denied access to it.”

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