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Time to Vote

The Leave campaign has taken a lead over Remain and there is now a very real prospect of Britain leaving the European Union. Now more than ever is the time for London’s employers to act.

Last week our chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, emailed leading London First businesses asking for their help:

  • Remind staff to vote: Please send all UK staff an email reminding them to vote. There are two templates below. BT, Airbus, BMW, Siemens and Thales have all written to their staff along similar lines.
  • Give them time off to vote: Inform UK staff that they can come in slightly later or leave slightly earlier to allow them to vote. Research from other referenda shows that people are more likely to vote if they’re given time off to do it. Some of the UK’s leading companies are giving their employees an extra hour at either the beginning or end of the day on 23 June to go to the polling station, and I hope that you’ll agree to join them. The CBI has called on all its members to do this. I know that this isn’t the easiest thing to do from an operational point of view, but companies agreeing to do this could make a huge difference to turnout on the day and you being at the forefront of that would encourage many others to follow your lead.
  • Tweet: If you’re able to offer flexible start and leave times for staff, please also arrange for your corporate Twitter accounts to tweet the following: We’re giving our employees #TimeToVote on June 23rd. Join us by giving yours an hour off at the beginning or end of the day to vote #EUref

If you have any questions, contact our EU Campaign Director, Naomi Smith nsmith@londonfirst.co.uk, who is on hand to provide support should you need it.

 

Email templates to staff

 

Dear,

Next Thursday, on 23 June, Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. For the first time in 41 years, we can vote on whether or not the UK stays in the European Union.

It is of course a matter for each individual to decide how they wish to vote and on the implications for themselves, their family and the country as a whole.

But I would like to urge you all to vote in that election. As an organisation we have decided to allow staff to arrive an hour later or leave an hour earlier than usual in order that you have sufficient time to get to your polling station. Please let your manager know if you intend to do this.  Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm and you do not need to take your polling card, just photographic ID. If you do not know where your polling station is, the website www.wheredoivote.co.uk will have that information for you on the day.

Yours sincerely,

Dear,

Next Thursday, on 23 June, Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. For the first time in 41 years, we can vote on whether or not the UK stays in the European Union.

It is of course a matter for each individual to decide how they wish to vote and on the implications for themselves, their family and the country as a whole.

But I would like to urge you all to vote in that election and to understand the consequences for our business if Britain leaves the EU. This vote is so important that we believe we have an obligation to write to you to explain our views.

[insert short para on business impact here. See examples from BT and BMW below]

As an organisation we have decided to allow staff to arrive an hour later or leave an hour earlier than usual in order that you have sufficient time to get to your polling station. Please let your manager know if you intend to do this.  Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm and you do not need to take your polling card, just photographic ID. If you do not know where your polling station is, the website www.wheredoivote.co.uk will have that information for you on the day.

Yours sincerely,

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