Childcare charity favours union option

Staff at a leading childcare charity have voted overwhelmingly in favour of union recognition.

In a ballot of the 4,515 strong workforce at NCH Action for Children, 79.5 per cent voted in favour. Just over 45 per cent of the charity’s staff took part in the ballot announced a week before the new legislation in union recognition came into force. It offered alternative options including a works council.

Charity chief executive Deryk Mead said, “We are pleased to have a clear result. Staff have voiced their preference and we have listened. It is clear they want recognition and we look forward to forging a partnership with MSF and Unison reflecting the aims and values of the organisation.”

The postal ballot was carried out by the Electoral Reform Balloting Service.

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