Scotland politics

Scottish independence: CWU backs 'No' vote in referendum

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Image caption The CWU has 17,000 members in Scotland working in postal and telecoms services

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will be urged to back a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

The move was agreed at the union's annual conference in Bournemouth.

The CWU has 17,000 members working on postal and telecoms services in Scotland.

Several unions have said they will remain neutral on the issue of Scottish independence but some others have taken a stance.

The Prison Officers' Association last year said it would support a "Yes" vote, while the GMB and Aslef are among those backing the "No" campaign.

A motion recommending "all members in Scotland that they vote 'No' in the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum" was passed at CWU conference taking place this weekend, which was attended by 800 delegates.

The union's executive recommended a "No" vote based on the outcome of two branch forums, a series of independent member meetings and two polls of members which showed the majority of Scottish members would vote "No" (60%).

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: "We are recommending a "No" vote to our Scottish members.

"This decision is based on a need for unity against austerity and the barrage of cuts from the coalition government and the SNP in Scotland.

"This is an extremely important constitutional debate and it is crucial that as a trade union we are able to assist our members on the impact this will have on the Scottish economy and that of the rest of the UK."

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