22 February 2003 10.30
UNISON decides on anti - Euro stance
UNISON, Scotland's largest public service union, is likely tomorrow
to agree to join a Scottish anti-euro grouping and to throw its
weight behind the Scottish Democracy against the Euro campaign.
The union's Scottish Council, comprising delegates from all Scottish
branches, on Saturday 22 February, agreed to confirm the union's
national position of opposition to the Euro because of the potential
damaging effects on public services.
Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary, said "UNISON's concern
about the effect that joining a unified currency would have on public
service spending is well known. We are second to none in our support
for greater European co-operation and recognise the positive benefits
this can bring, but we cannot hand away democratic control over
our public services, to non-elected bankers and financiers"
UNISON's Scottish Council will be held on Saturday 22 February
in the George Moore building, Glasgow Caledonian University, City
Campus, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow. It will start at 10.30 am and
is likely to finish around 1.00pm.
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish
Secretary) 0845 355 0845(w) 07771 548 997(m) Mike Kirby (Scottish
Convenor) 0845 355 0845(o) 07803 952 261(m) Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser Policy&Info) 0845 355 0845(w) 07787 558 410(m) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)