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Unison says no mandate for strikes over pension reform

A low turnout to trade union Unison's pension ballot has given no mandate for industrial action.

Only 14.8% of Unison's health members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland chose to vote on the government's pension proposals.

Of those members, 50.4% voted to reject the government's offer and 49.5% chose to accept.

Christina McAnea, Head of Health at Unison, said the low turnout reflected the “low morale” among the union's health members and was “disappointing but not unexpected”.

“The low turnout coupled with the close vote shows there is no mandate to endorse the pensions' proposals, but equally no mandate to take further industrial action,” she said.

“We need to consider the next steps in the pensions campaign and we will be talking to the other health unions.”