Union calls for power

Unison backs call for independence referendum

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‘An unstoppable momentum’, says Keith Brown (pic: Terry Murden)

Scotland’s biggest trade union has backed an independence referendum, the latest show of support from the labour movement.

In a vote at today’s full council, Unison agreed overwhelmingly that powers should be transferred to enable a second independence referendum to be held at a time determined by Holyrood.

Unison’s decision follows a similar call by Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Graeme Smith, and cross-party voices including senior Labour MSPs and MPs who have called for the Scottish Parliament to have the power to hold an independence referendum.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown said the move showed an “unstoppable momentum” behind a fresh referendum.

On Wednesday, the Scottish Parliament voted to hold an independence referendum this year – and a new poll by YouGov showed majority support for independence at 51%. Separately, a poll by Survation found 61% believe the Scottish Parliament should determine the timing of a fresh referendum.

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