Engineering unions AEEU and MSF have begun merger talks aimed at creating a single union with over one million members.
`One of my jobs is to talk with MSF about creating a single union,’ AEEU national education and development officer John Lloyd said last week. A spokesman for MSF confirmed that talks are taking place and that a 2001 deadline has been set to complete the deal.
Both unions have agreed partnership deals with big employers before, often in the face of opposition from other unions.
The move is evidence of a shift towards single-sector super unions.
The AEEU was formed in 1992 from the electricians union EETPU and engineering union AEU. The MSF includes white-collar workers, scientists, public-sector employees and engineers.