Commenting on today’s (Wednesday 20 April) debate on the Trident defence programme at the Scottish TUC conference, the leader of Scotland's biggest union Unite, Pat Rafferty, said: "Unite's policy is abundantly clear on the matter of Trident. Defending the jobs and communities of our members in defence is our priority.
"The policy voted through at today's STUC does not fully reflect Unite's commitment to ensure that our members' livelihoods are protected. We therefore could not support the position agreed at Congress, and will continue to fight to defend every Scottish defence job.
"The skills, productivity and ingenuity defence workers possess are why they are essential to our manufacturing capabilities and why we have been seeking firm commitments that defence spending ensures that taxpayers' money goes to support UK defence workers.
“This is not the case at the moment with 12 pence in every pound, and soon to be 25 pence in every pound, supporting overseas defence jobs. We want that money used here to support our members' jobs in shipbuilding and defence manufacturing."
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.