STUC on Independence White Paper

November 26th 2013

Speaking after the Scottish Government had published its White Paper on independence, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“The STUC welcomes publication of the White Paper and the ambition it reflects on key issues such as economic development and childcare.

“Although most of the ideas and positions set out in the paper are already quite familiar, the commitment to establishing a National Convention on Employment and Labour Relations is interesting and of particular relevance to the STUC. We look forward to discussing how such a body could be made to work in the Scottish context.

“The White Paper does raise questions about how an independent Scottish Government might develop a sustainable approach to taxation in order to fund important and legitimate additional social investments. It is also disappointing that new arguments weren’t forthcoming to rebut genuine concerns around a formal currency union with rUK.

“The STUC will now take time to study the detail of the White Paper and respond as part of our next A Just Scotland report”.

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