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Unite, the Union

The new trade union formed from the merger between Amicus and the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) earlier last month is to be called Unite, the Union. The name will be unveiled on May 1 when the union, which consists of two million members from the public sector and private companies, including approximately 150,000 construction workers, comes into force. A T&G spokesperson said the new name had been agreed between the two unions after much discussion. Various names were considered, he said, but were eventually rejected. He explained that attempts to put alternative names before the membership in a democratic vote had to be abandoned after the two could not reach a consensus on which alternatives to put forward. “The new name was chosen because it appealed to both general secretaries, Derek Simpson of Amicus and Tony Woodley of the T&G,” he said.