Finance union merger finally gets green light

Unifi, the financial union, has finally merged with Amicus after a complaint over the balloting process was dismissed by the union regulator.

The combined unions will have a membership of 1.35m, with Unifi absorbing the 50,000 insurance members in Amicus to become the largest industrial sector within the new union.

The merger, which was originally scheduled for 17 August following an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote by members in May, was held up by a complaint from one member over the conduct of the ballot process.

However, the complaint was investigated ands completely dismissed by the trade union certification officer David Cockburn.

Unifi general secretary Ed Sweeney said: “The mandate we have been given in Amicus will ensure significant resources and priorities are focused on the finance sector, giving us the opportunity to campaign harder, recruit more widely, and provide our members with the professional representation they need, when they need it.”

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