Transfer 2020 ballot result

Result of the ballot on the proposal to transfer Voice to the Community Union.

The resolution to transfer Voice engagements to Community was passed.

At the close of the ballot on Friday 31 July 2020,1,786 members voted in favour of the resolution to transfer Voice to Community Union, with 489 against.

Voice rules (rule 76) required the resolution to transfer to be passed by a simple majority, and 78.5% of those voting voted in favour.

The transfer of Voice to Community is scheduled for 1 October 2020, when Voice will become a section of Community and members and staff automatically transfer to Community. This will be followed by a period of transition and integration.

A further updated copy of the Independent Scrutineers' report can be found here (pdf) (19 August 2020) which replaces that previously posted (5 August 2020).

We are required under section 100E(7) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992  to inform you that, notwithstanding our publication of the independent scrutineers' report, Voice will, on request, supply any member with a copy of the report on payment of a fee of £1.


Voice President, Joy Rowley said:

“We are delighted at the result of the ballot, which is a clear mandate for change from the membership.

“Transferring to Community is the best way to secure and strengthen Voice’s influence and its services to our members and continue to provide a voice of reason in an increasingly challenging union environment in the education sector.”

General Secretary, Deborah Lawson added:

“This is an exciting time of change for Voice and I look forward to working with colleagues old and new to grow our membership and influence. As a section of Community, Voice will retain its own identity, committees and be able to influence policy.  Voice will also have representation on Community’s National Executive Committee. However, as part of a much larger union, members will have access to enhanced and additional member benefits, training opportunities and venues.”

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