The combined experience of Unity and GMB will create a stronger more secure union for the benefit of all our members says Unity General Secretary. It was announced on 9th January 2015 that members of Stoke based ceramics union Unity had voted in favour of a merger with GMB. A majority of 93% voted in favour of the merger. Nearly 4,000 ballot papers were issued to members eligible to vote.
Harry Hockaday, General Secretary of Unity, 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.” Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, 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.”