BROADCASTING union Bectu will merge with Prospect on New Year’s Day following a decisive vote in favour.
Bectu confirmed that it would join forces with the engineering and science union on January 1.
The announcement follows a two-month ballot, which closed at the end of August, that saw 83 per cent of Bectu members vote Yes to the merger.
However, several members expressed concern over the merger at Bectu’s annual conference earlier this year.
Objections raised included Bectu having to disaffiliate from Labour and CND, because Prospect represents civil servants, who must remain politically neutral, and nuclear industry workers.
Prospect’s merged membership will grow to more than 140,000, with Bectu’s over 40,000 members forming its largest sector.
The sector will incorporate Prospect’s communications, media and digital membership, including thousands of managers and specialists working for BT.
Bectu general secretary Gerry Morrissey will lead the new sector.
He said: “I am absolutely convinced that in 15 years time you won’t be able to tell the difference between what is a media company and what is a telecommunications company.
“I want to make sure that the Bectu sector of Prospect reflects that.
“What is very clear is that content is king. Younger people coming into our industries are prepared to work flexibly across all broadcasting and communications.”
Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy said that joining forces “puts us in the strongest possible position to deal with the challenges we face” as well as securing the best possible service for the combined membership.
He added: “The two unions have much in common and we will quickly adapt to working together, with both organisations being the product of previous successful mergers.”