Scotland: the union and the unions

09 September 2014

Kevin said: ‘I welcome Ed’s intervention but, as trade unionists, we must continue to take our message to the people that a fairer Scotland can be achieved within the UK.


‘As trade unionists we have more in common with workers in Liverpool than bankers in Edinburgh. As a movement we must fight to change the UK, because we all want change. We all want to stop the bedroom tax, tax cuts for millionaires and the ridiculously high rail fares, and we all want to support the weakest in our society.


‘But this will not be achieved by a magic wand called independence. This will be achieved by removing the Tory-Lib Dem government and returning a progressive Labour government that delivers for workers across the four nations of our islands.’


Mr Miliband, speaking to the TUC general council in Liverpool, said that trade unions fighting to keep the United Kingdom together are campaigning in the true traditions of social justice and the Labour movement.


He said: ‘The Labour movement was founded on the principle of solidarity. You know that unity is strength. You know that we achieve more together than we can do alone. You know that what working people have in common matters more than any division of creed, race or region. Or even nation.


‘And that is why trade unions, trade unionists and the Labour movement are playing such an important role in keeping Scotland and the United Kingdom together. From USDAW to the NUM, from the GMB to ASLEF, from Community to the CWU, trade unions are fighting for the right kind of change in Scotland - and the whole of the United Kingdom.


‘At the weekend,the Scottish and UK leaders of all these trade unions signed a joint statement declaring that our strength comes from staying together and that separation would damage the rights and conditions of working people because it would lead to a race to the bottom. These trade unions are saying that the choice which is true to Labour’s traditions, to trade union traditions, is to say No.’

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