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date: 2 October 2015

embargo: For immediate release

Commenting on today’s (Friday) selection of Zac Goldsmith as London Mayoral candidate, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Zac Goldsmith has just been selected the Conservative’s mayoral candidate by an online ballot. But the government won’t allow union members to vote online during strike ballots on the grounds it is “not safe”.

“If online balloting is good enough the Conservative Party, why can’t working people use it? Why are unions being saddled with twentieth century postal balloting methods that make it harder to boost participation in ballots?

“This is hypocrisy. Online voting is the way to bring union balloting bang up- to-date and help ensure all workers have a voice in the workplace. In a world fast moving towards "digital by default", the government should end the ban on unions running votes online. ”


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