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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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GMB official defends union's anti-independence stance amid claims consultation a sham

GMB official defends union's anti-independence stance amid claims consultation a sham | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A trade union official whose organisation is at the centre of a row over its support for the No campaign, has hit out at critics who claim the consultation process was a sham.


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GMB union faces backlash from members after saying it backs indyref No vote

GMB union faces backlash from members after saying it backs indyref No vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE GMB union faces a backlash from some of its members over the decision to endorse a No vote in the independence referendum.
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GMB union opts to campaign against independence

ONE of Scotland's biggest trade unions is to oppose independence and campaign for greater devolution within the UK instead.
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That 'the "overwhelming" opinion was for a No vote and greater devolution' and the concern about jobs in defence, shipbuilding and manufacturing suggests that GMB members have fallen prey to the propaganda of Project Fear and the jam tomorrow promises of the British parties. Which is sad.


Presumably, they have no concerns about those jobs if Scotland remains in the UK. Which suggests an inexplicable blindness to the lessons of history. And the quaint notion that the British parties can be trusted to deliver meaningful devolution in the event of a No vote is surely the triumph of hope over experience.


Assuming that GMB members are not as gullible and naive as their union bosses suggest, we have to wonder if this decision doesn't have more to do with British Labour's bitter hatred of the SNP than with any rational assessment of what is best for Scotland.

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GMB backed a No vote - then asked members for their indyref views

GMB backed a No vote - then asked members for their indyref views | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ONE of Scotland's largest unions is facing questions over its decision to campaign for a No vote in the referendum, after it emerged it helped set up an organisation to back the campaign while it was still consulting its members on the issue.
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Questions over GMB No-support after claims process had poor attendance and may have breached rules

Questions over GMB No-support after claims process had poor attendance and may have breached rules | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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