Shirley-Anne Somerville of Yes Scotland has said backing from postal
workers shows "Westminster isn't working for Scotland"
Scottish independence: Coup for 'yes' campaign as postal workers back Scottish independence
Yes Scotland, the campaign to secure a 'yes' vote in Scotland's independence referendum received a major coup yesterday as postal workers endorsed Scottish independence.
Scotland's No.2 branch of the Communication Workers Union – the second largest in the country with more than 4,000 members – overwhelmingly endorsed a 'yes' vote.
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The postal workers motion was passed at their annual general meeting in Edinburgh yesterday (Sunday). The motion recognised the importance of the vote, saying: ‘This Branch recognises that the referendum on Scottish Independence, due to be held in autumn 2014, will be the biggest political decision any of us has been asked to make in our lives."
What will be even more worrying news for the 'no' campaign is that trade union members are backing independence partly because they fell the UK is an unequal society and feel betrayed by recent Labour governments:
‘We recognise that under consecutive governments the gap between rich and poor has widened and that the UK remains one of the most unequal societies in the developed nations of the world.
‘We further recognise that round after round of anti-trade union legislation, introduced by Tory governments throughout the 80s and 90s remain on the statute book despite 13 years of Labour government ’97-2010.
‘To this end we believe that the only way forward for workers in Scotland is to ensure a YES vote in the referendum and we agree to do all in our power to secure such an outcome.’
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Director of Communities at Yes Scotland, said: "This is very welcome news and underlines the fact that Westminster isn’t working for Scotland.
"The vast majority of what trade unionists want to help make Scotland a fairer country cannot be delivered under the current constitutional arrangement. As we recently pointed out in our report, Yes to a Just Scotland, independence is the best way to create a fairer, more socially just Scotland."
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