25 November - A Just Scotland - STUC publishes interim report on Scotland’s constitutional future
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:
“Over the past few months we have invited members as well as those from wider communities to join the discussion on social justice and Scotland’s future. This interim report poses many questions, reflecting a general view that the quality of the debate must improve dramatically and it must take place in a far less febrile atmosphere. This is not helped by sensationalist reporting. The early reporting of our draft findings is an illustration of the reason that so many organisations are reluctant to engage in open and inclusive discussion and debate.
“A Just Scotland lays out challenges for both sides of the debate. In particular it criticises the use of misleading figures in the debate over Scotland’s fiscal position. The report identifies deep problems with the economic and fiscal model imagined by the leading voices in the YES Campaign. However it also calls on the Better Together parties to outline a practical vision of how social and economic justice can achieved within the union and to calls for detailed attention to be paid to proposals for enhanced devolution.
“Our report commits us to undertaking further detailed discussion in a number of policy areas and this will include ongoing consultations within our member unions as well as a series of meetings with others who are minded to approach this debate thoughtfully and with social justice as their priority.”