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Unison members vote for strike action

Some 76 per cent of those who turned out support industrial action on November 30th.

03 November 2011

Unison members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of pursuing strike action as they seek to protect their pensions.

Of those polled, over 245,000 said yes to industrial action, while slightly more than 70,000 were against it.

This mandate now gives the body a strong hand should it choose to go to the negotiating table with the government again for a further round of union bargaining.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison - which has over 1.3 million members - said the result of the vote highlights the "deep concern" currently being felt by public sector employees.

"We still have had no offer in those negotiations, where such an offer can legitimately be made," Mr Prentis observed.

While the body has endorsed the day of action planned for November 30th - which the Trades Union Congress will also be involved in - it is willing to negotiate right up to this date to try and get a better deal for its affiliates.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Unison press release, November 3rd

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