A new ‘super-union', which will have two million members from industries including hospitality, looks set for go-ahead next year after delegates at a Transport and General Workers' Union conference voted in favour of merging with amicus.
The new union would be the dominant union in major sectors of the economy including transport, manufacturing, banking, print, and agriculture as well as hospitality.
A ballot of all members of the T&G and amicus will be held in February 2007 on the formation of the new union. It is hoped that the new union, yet to be named, will be launched on 1 May 2007.
T&G general secretary Tony Woodley said: "The challenge of rapidly-changing capitalism hangs over us. Globalisation is doing away with the fixed reference points many of us grew up with.
"A united union will mean an end to divide-and-rule, and the cancer of inter-union competition which has only helped the bosses, in one sector after another. A growing union, really investing in organising, will give more power to the elbow of our shop floor representatives everywhere."
By Daniel Thomas
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