Speaking as the STUC and Scottish CND published a new report ‘Trident and Jobs: the case for a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency’, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“The STUC has a very longstanding principled position against nuclear weapons and continues to strongly oppose Trident renewal. We do not believe Trident provides an effective deterrent to the genuine threats currently posed to the UK. Cancelling Trident’s replacement would both accelerate a worldwide reduction in nuclear arsenals and boost the campaign against proliferation.
“Building on work undertaken in 2007, this new STUC/CND report sets out why the employment impact of cancelling Trident would be limited and the ways in which monies saved could be reinvested to boost economic development and create quality jobs.
“But this will only happen if, alongside the removal of Trident, a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency, is established. The Agency must be properly resourced and adequately staffed. It should comprehensively engage with trade union representatives and other stakeholders in the local and national economies to develop and imple¬ment realistic plans for diversification that have the confidence of the workforce.
“The STUC calls on all candidates and political parties to oppose Trident renewal and to commit to the establishment of a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency tasked with retaining skills, supporting new jobs and enhancing local and national economic development.”
Scottish CND chair Arthur West said:
“The report clearly shows that a properly resourced Defence Diversification Agency with workforce involvement would be a key factor in allowing communities to prosper following the cancellation of projects such as Trident replacement.”
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This report will be launched and discussed at lunch time fringe meeting at STUC congress on Wednesday April 22nd.