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CBI comments on planned Unison strike

The CBI commented on the announcement by the public sector trade union Unison that it plans to take industrial action over pensions.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment, said:

"For all of Unison's rhetoric about this being the biggest ballot in their history, less than a third of their members bothered to vote.

"It is disappointing that the public and businesses are now faced with the unnecessary disruption of a strike which is going ahead when just 22% of the balloted workforce supported it."

Note to Editors:

Of Unison's total 1,088,314 members, only 315,611 voted (29%). Of those that voted, 245,358 voted in favour (22.5%) of action.

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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