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GMB Scotland Support For No Vote

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

GMB Scotland To Support A No Vote In The 2014 Referendum On Scottish Independence

The next step is to determine how GMB Scotland will campaign for a no vote in the referendum and what resources to devote to the campaign.

GMB Scotland's Regional Council has decided to support a No vote in the September 2014 referendum on Scottish Independence.

Congress motions on the issue were put to the 2012 GMB Congress and also to the 2013 Congress by branches within Scotland. Congress, as the supreme policy making body in the union, determined that the decision should be made within GMB structures in Scotland. GMB Central Executive Council made it clear that the decision on what position to adopt should be for GMB Scotland to make.

This gave rise to a long period of consultation with members across all parts of the Scotland

As part of this process GMB Scotland held Political Forum meetings in Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. All of there were twice it the run up to the final decision.

These meetings were supplemented by two Political Forum meetings held in the GMB Regional Office, Glasgow with invited speakers for and against an independent Scotland.

During these past 18 months the GMB Scotland Insight magazine, which is sent to all members,   also ran a series of articles on independence for Scotland which members were invited to send in comments.

Following the completion of these meetings the output from the consultation process was put to the GMB Scotland’s Regional Council made up of elected representatives from across Scotland and from north to south from the private sector, local government and NHS reflecting our membership base.

Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Secretary, said "This decision by GMB Scotland was reached after a long period of consultation with members across all parts of the Scotland. This was after the GMB Congress devolved the decision on this important matter to GMB in Scotland.

That consultation showed that while some members were undecided and some wanted independence the overwhelming opinion was for a No vote. The consultation also showed a deep desire for changes within Scotland, the UK and the EU.

One key consideration is the potential impact of independence on jobs in defence, shipbuilding and manufacturing.

It was the feedback from our members during the consultation that informed a final decision by the Regional Council.

Regional Council debated the matter, and following a question and answer session, unanimously supported the view that GMB Scotland support a No vote in the forthcoming referendum and that we campaign to stay within the United Kingdom.

The next step is to determine how GMB Scotland will campaign for a no vote in the referendum and what resources to devote to the campaign.

However this decision should not be seen as a green light for the status quo,

For the vision of social and economic change that emerged from the consultation GMB Scotland want to see a programme to deliver this.

So as well as campaigning for a no vote GMB Scotland will be campaigning for a policy to seek further devolution of much more power to the people, to local authorities and communities across Scotland, UK and EU.

GMB Scotland want to see policies for industrial and economic democracy leading to full employment and proper rights for workers at work and a fairer society.

GMB Scotland will ally with forces across Scotland, UK and EU who will fight for these outcomes.”

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Contact Harry Donaldson 07885 456 726 or Richard Leonard 07703 465 447 or 0141 332 8641

 

 

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