Unite says economic power the big issue for Scottish workers

Unite says economic power the big issue for Scottish workers

13 March 2017

Scotland’s biggest industrial union says rebuilding the economy to benefit workers must be at the heart of any potential independence referendum. 

Unite the union was reacting to the speech made today (Mon 13 Mar) by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “We’re living in an economy where the needs of casino bankers and privileged people in business are put before an economy that works for everyone. Workers are getting less and less, while a tiny elite gets more and more.  

“We need a radical rebuilding of our economy, to invest for a future that’s planned by all of us, for the benefit of all of us. We can no longer carry on gifting the fruits of our shared society to a rich few. We can no longer continue with a jobs crisis, where people struggle to find decent, appropriate work that pays them enough to live in dignity.

“It’s now for the Scottish Parliament to decide whether an independence referendum should take place. Westminster should honour that decision. 

“But if there is to be another campaign on the question of Scottish independence, those fundamental questions around economic power should be at the heart of it. 

“During the last referendum campaign we facilitated opportunities for our members to raise those questions with both sides, and encouraged them to get involved in the democratic process. We are always guided by our members – but we are likely to follow that same approach in any potential future campaign, so that workers’ issues around jobs, poverty and inequality are central to the debate.”


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