The CBI decision to declare as pro union was a mistake, in their haste they forgot to look at their membership.
In some cases being neutral has advantages, as some of their members are forced to be neutral such as universities and of course the BBC.
Unions don't have such a problem; the latest to recommend No is the Postal Workers Union.
Postal workers are to be urged by their union to vote against independence in
At their annual conference of the Communication Workers Union, a motion was passed to support the
there are about 17,000 members working on postal and telecoms services, a
sizeable number which probably believes that there is strength in numbers.
The motion recommending "all members in
Scotland that they vote 'no' in the forthcoming
Scottish Independence Referendum" was passed at the 800-strong conference
The result is another major blow for Alex Salmond and
Scotland's unpopular Deputy First Minster Nicola
Sturgeon who are seeing more and more organisations coming out as pro UK.
CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said:
"We are recommending a 'no' vote to our Scottish members in September's Scottish Independence Referendum. This decision is based on a need for unity against austerity and the barrage of cuts from the coalition Government and the SNP in
Scotland. This is an extremely important
constitutional debate and it is crucial that as a trade union we are able to
assist our members on the impact this will have on the Scottish economy and
that of the rest of the UK.
The majority of our members support a 'no' vote as we found when conducting
polls and holding forums. A 'no' vote would be in the best interests of our
CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said:
"We believe that Scottish independence would have a profound effect on the companies we work with. Royal Mail, Post Office Ltd and BT all have extensive networks operating in
and an independent Scotland
would put untold pressure on these companies and the jobs of our members. It's
not clear what the implications would be on Royal Mail's Universal Service Obligation
in an independent Scotland, the pension schemes our members are enrolled in or
how it would affect the roll-out of broadband services to the inaccessible
rural communities in Scotland. Independence
would have a significant impact on the ability of these companies to invest in
It seems that workers aren't winning to bet their future on milk and honey promises of Salmond and Sturgeon.
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran said:
"Today the CWU becomes the sixth major trade union to back
Scotland's place in the
A vote for Scotland to
remain in the UK is a vote
for the trade union way - working together with family, friends and colleagues
across the whole of the UK
to make Scotland
a fairer place to live. I am delighted that posties will be working hard to
deliver a No vote in September."
God; the Better Together crowd must be loving the fact that people are waking up and asking the difficult questions, something the SNP is reluctant to answer on the key issues such as jobs, pensions and currency.
Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes
described by a former insider as an SNP front said:
"The STUC's (Scottish Trades Union Congress) stated position - and one we believe to be highly significant - is not to support the pro-union campaign backed by Labour, and individual unions representing tens of thousands of workers have already agreed with that line. However it should be emphasised that the STUC's position is that it is 'more attracted' to Yes. It is our job and intention between now and September 18 to persuade all trade unionists of the opportunities of Yes to build a fairer and more socially just Scotland, to protect and enhance workers' rights and to create new jobs by growing our economy in a responsible and sustainable way."
Jenkins is so out of his depth, he is kidding himself on if no one else, the game is up for Salmond and Sturgeon, as the end draws nearer, the questions and the detail will be ramped up, answers to questions cannot be put off.
And what we are seeing so far such as the phoney childcare policy missing £700 million and 40,000 mums is that the SNP haven't done the work as I previously said and haven't convinced anyone except their sycophants who hope for a payday.
Scotland's 'jolly fat man' Alex
Salmond will be getting a lot of mail all saying the same thing, 'Bad luck,
better luck next time'.
Have you paid your dues Salmond?
'No Sir, the cheque is not in the mail!'
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