The result of the industrial action ballot which closed this morning was as follows:
PREPARED TO TAKE STRIKE ACTION
Number of valid papers counted: 626
Number voting Yes: 354 (56.5% of valid vote)
Number voting No: 272 (43.5% of valid vote)
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHORT OF STRIKE
Number of valid papers: 624
Number voting yes: 488 (78.2% of valid vote)
Number voting no: 136 (21.8% of valid vote)
There was a 39% return.
The UNITE ballot closes on the 11 May. UNISON and UNITE will be meeting to discuss the ballot outcome and to discuss when to commence Industrial Action. UNISON stewards will be will be meeting that day to consider the outcome of the ballot. Further information will be sent to members on the 11 May.