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Date 21 March 2007

Press Release from UNISON Shetland

93% reject Shetland single status offer!

At noon today the result of UNISON ballot on Shetland Island's Council's single status offer was announced by union staff in Aberdeen.

926 ballot papers went out, and 687 were returned: a return of 74%.

Of the 687 no fewer than 640 members voted to REJECT (93%) 44 voted to ACCEPT (6.5%). 3 papers were spoiled.

Branch chairperson Brian Smith said: 'The overwhelming No vote shows exactly what Unison members think of the offer. The council offered our members less money for working more hours, and needn't be surprised that 93% of them said No thank you. 'The council must now go back to the negotiating table and start from scratch.'


For further information contact: Brian Smith 0777 591 5896