postman  A leading Union has officially come out in support of independence after a ballot of members showed overwhelming support for a yes vote.
The Communication Workers Union, Number 2 Branch, which covers postal workers in the Stirling, Edinburgh, Fife and Falkirk, has voted to play an active role in the campaign for Scottish independence.

Over 4000 members were entitled to vote on the motion which read:

"This Branch recognises that the referendum on Scottish Independence, due to be held in autumn 2014, will be the biggest political decision any of us has been asked to make in our lives.

"We recognise that under consecutive governments the gap between rich and poor has widened and that the UK remains one of the most unequal societies in the developed nations of the world.

"We further recognise that round after round of anti-trade union legislation, introduced by Tory governments throughout the 80s and 90s remain on the statute book despite 13 years of Labour government ’97-2010.

"To this end we believe that the only way forward for workers in Scotland is to ensure a YES vote in the referendum and we agree to do all in our power to secure such an outcome."

The union becomes the first to officially endorse the campaign for an independent Scotland.

The vote is particularly embarrassing for Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont who less than 12 months ago gave a speech in which she urged support for a No vote.

The union gave Ms Lamont wholehearted backing last December in her bid to replace Iain Gray as leader of Labour in Scotland.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Director of Communities at Yes Scotland, said: "This is very welcome news and underlines the fact that Westminster isn’t working for Scotland.

"The vast majority of what trade unionists want to help make Scotland a fairer country cannot be delivered under the current constitutional arrangement.  As we recently pointed out in our report, Yes to a Just Scotland, independence is the best way to create a fairer, more socially just Scotland."


# clootie 2013-03-05 07:15
"Yes to a just Scotland"

Sums it up nicely. This is a really important milestone on the journey to Independence.
# mealer 2013-03-05 07:24
Personally,I'm a bit uncomfortable about unions picking sides in this debate.I think unions should encourage and facilitate debate amongst their members and urge them to consider all the facts before making a decision based on whats best for their country and people.
# Jo Bloggs 2013-03-05 08:49
It seems fair enough to me, given that the membership voted for it.
# Mei 2013-03-05 16:55
All the unions should ballot their members on the subject.
# mudfries 2013-03-05 08:15
This never got single mention on the news last night! wonder if it would have if they had backed the no campaign???
# Ready to Start 2013-03-05 08:39
I seem to have missed the MSM coverage of this story but was regaled by headlines in Daily Express by some Labour MP claiming that Royal Mail services would be cut if we got independence conveniently forgetting that Labour closed 7100 local post offices in their 13 years in charge.
# WRH2 2013-03-05 08:45
While I can understand Mealer's concerns, I'm not too uncomfortable with organisations such as this trade union signalling its support. It shows the divisions are deepening within Labour and might actually help some in the "automatic voting" Labour ranks to stop and think.
Mudfries "amazement" that this hasn't been on the MSM news is easy to explain especially the BBC. Glenn continues to tout for business in Europe, and he seems to be in Luxembourg today. I find it odd that Glenn hasn't noticed the fatal flaw in all these arguments is that they are coming from small, independent countries. Luxembourg, population of half a million people in a tiny landlocked country. Not very convincing! If these arguments were being made by groups like the Flemish, Catalans, Piedmontese or Basques they might have a bit more traction. As it is, just sounds like desperation.
# Welsh Sion 2013-03-05 09:30
Just a few headlines I've been playing about with, and also one from a friend. Feel free to add to these if you think they're worthy enough:

"Posties give their stamp of approval to Scottish independence"

"Let's be frank - independence is a good thing"

"First class independence"

"Independence? The first class response!"

"Delivering independence for Scotland"

"No Parcel O' Rogues in that Scottish Union!"

"That's independence wrapped up"
# Hugo 2013-03-05 12:03
I like them.
# cynicalHighlander 2013-03-05 12:08
# call me dave 2013-03-05 16:12
Independence majority in the 'Postal vote'
# K Mackay 2013-03-05 16:09
Yessss! I'm going to hug my postie next time I see them. This is fantastic news!
# Displaced Patriot 2013-03-05 17:45
It will be interesting to ee what other unions declare for Yes.
# Jim Johnston 2013-03-05 18:12
Superb news, when trades unions openly support Independence there is little doubt that Labour and the Union are in serious trouble.
# Tubby 11 2013-03-05 18:13
Here's hoping many more Unions "see the light".
Just sent a wee donation - great to see how welll it's going.
Keep up the good work - you're the only thing that's keeping me sane recently (except from the family).
# macdonald88 2013-03-07 18:48
A rather misleading headline - only one branch has voted to support the Yes campaign, not the whole union in Scotland. Given your criticism of the BBC you should try to be squeaky clean with your reporting.
# staypos+ve 2013-03-10 11:40
A more analytical report outlining the ballot result and participation numbers would have been prefered.

However a similar outcome from a ballot result conducted in a comparable West Coast branch of the CWU would be welcomed more enthusiasticall y!

Alan Grogan and Labour Voters for Independence Movement will be delighted that CWU have involved their members in such a positive way. Other Trade Unions will follow their example.

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