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Big two finance unions to start merger talks

The UK&#39s two biggest financial services unions are in talks to merge, creating a single body with more than 200,000 members representing the bulk of unionised financial industry employees.

MSF, the white-collar arm of Amicus, and Unifi start talks this autumn and hope to join together next spring. Both unions feel they would represent their members&#39 interests better and be more effective at lobbying Government regulators and employees if they speak with a single voice.

Amicus-MSF general secretary Roger Lyons says: “We are hoping to have a single voice for financial services members. We are in talks with Unifi and are hoping to create a single voice to lobby Government and employees.”

Unifi director of communications Dai Davies says: “We are considering a number of options to consolidate the unions in the financial services sector.”

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