Scotland's workers need a united Scottish Labour party

Scotland's workers need a united Scottish Labour party

12 July 2016

A message from Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary: 

"At this time of tremendous political and economic uncertainty our country now looks to the Scottish Labour party and the parliamentary Labour party at Westminster to preserve our members’ jobs and working conditions, and to protect industries under increasing pressure in the uncertain climate following the decision of the UK to leave the European Union.

The Conservative government is in flux while the SNP government continues to explore options on a potential agreement with the EU.

Under these circumstances, our members and the people of Scotland will be looking with dismay at the coordinated attempts to undermine the democratic mandate of our elected leaders in Scotland and the UK.

It cannot be right to seek to indulge in these attacks when, more than ever, the UK and Scottish governments need to be scrutinised and held to account by an effective and united opposition, doing the job it is expected to do.

In Scotland, our leader, Kezia Dugdale, and deputy leader, Alex Rowley, both won mandates to unite our party and to start afresh. We support the leadership's efforts to explore all possibilities with regards to a relationship with the EU to ensure that all options are explored to the benefit of working people.

We urge all Labour politicians and representatives to therefore cease attacks on our deputy leader in Scotland. The only party that can win for working people is a strong and united Scottish Labour party."


For further information please contact Jackson Cullinane on 07810 157906.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.