Constitutional Referendum – It’s your future, get involved!

1 Mar

As Scotland’s largest trade union and civic organisation, the constitutional question poses a raft of significant challenges for our members and our union which we must approach with democracy and transparency.  Undoubtedly, thoughts on independence and Scotland’s political powers will resonate differently across our diverse membership and sectors and we have to respect that fact from the outset.

Despite the early hype surrounding what will arguably be the most important event in modern Scottish political history, it is important to remember this process is a marathon and not a sprint. Over the coming weeks and months, the Scottish electorate will be subject to poll after poll concerning the question of Scottish independence and the issue will dominate media coverage in what is already a time of great economic and social uncertainty.

We believe that the Scottish people need a renewed sense of ownership over their democracy and Unite should facilitate this objective. This requires an analysis of the all the options available in the development of this referendum.

In the first instance this should prompt debate among Unite members, the Scottish trade union fraternity and the wider public and act as a platform for the development of our policy position, including our response to the Scottish Government’s official consultation document Your Scotland, Your Referendum.

The Scottish Government’s consultation document is quite lengthy, as you would expect, but if you have the time to read through it we recommend that you do so and give us your views on it.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be hosting a series of informal meetings where members can discuss the constitutional referendum questions in their local Area Activist Committees. Contact for more details and keep an eye on the Events section of the Unite Scotland website for updates.

Don’t worry if you can’t get along, you can also get involved in this first stage of the consultation process individually by forwarding your views directly to us at, by leaving a comment below or by completing our online survey – which we’d like you all to do!

Finally, if you have signed-up to our free UniteYou text service (Text ‘Cuts’ to 86888) you’ll have the chance to air your views on the referendum throughout March and April.  So, if you haven’t done so already, join the debate and text Cuts to 86888.

Have your say in Scotland’s future.




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