How Will Breaking the Union Help the Workers? UNION CHIEF'S BIG QUESTION FOR SALMOND

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How Will Breaking the Union Help the Workers? UNION CHIEF'S BIG QUESTION FOR SALMOND


Byline: David Clegg

UNION members won't back independence unless Alex Salmond convinces them it will help workers right across the UK, a leading official has claimed.

Scottish Trades Union Congress chief executive Grahame Smith said the First Minister has work to do persuading his members to break up the UK.

Salmond has claimed an independent Scotland would be a "progressive beacon" that would inspire the other nations of the United Kingdom.

But Smith is not convinced - and said many members frequently discuss the issue and feel the same way.

In an exclusive interview ahead of next week's TUC conference, he also called for an end to rows over the referendum process.

He said: "Advocates of independence have so far failed to present arguments which illustrate how independence could actually make a difference - not just in Scotland but elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

"When the STUC argued for devolution for Scotland, we didn't just support the Scottish Parliament because we thought it was going to be good for Scotland. We believed it was going to be good for the democracy of the United Kingdom. 'the as that's "We have a concern for improving the rights, the welfare and the opportunities of people across the country.

is "So I suppose a lot of people are looking at this debate and wondering how Scotland being independent can improve things not just across Scotland but the UK."

He cited the example of Trident nuclear missiles, which the Nationalists want to remove from the Clyde if Scotland becomes independent.

He questioned the benefit of the missiles being moved to England or Wales.

"We don't believe that we should have Trident missiles on Scottish soil," he said.

"But we also believe that we should not have Trident missiles on UK soil. …

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