Can you count on your job in the event of independence? Stability and security is an important issue for most working people who depend on their paycheque to survive, along with supporting their families.
But jobs in sectors with strong links to the UK, such as defence and financial services, could be jeopardised if Scots vote Yes in September’s referendum, according to Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader.
Research by Professor Brian Ashcroft from Strathclyde University recently suggested that 962,000 jobs in Scotland are linked to being part of the union.
During a visit to Helm, a youth employment charity in Dundee, Lamont said, “By using the strength of the union, we can not only secure the one million jobs dependent on the UK, such as jobs in the shipyards, the defence industry and financial services, but we can also create more jobs for those who need them the most.
“The bankers bonus tax is a perfect example – harnessing the wealth of London bankers and redistributing it to the areas most in need will allow us to create 18,000 jobs for the long-term unemployed, including 4,000 young people.
“Jobs and opportunities are key to this campaign and we believe that the best future for Scotland is one where we use the strength of the UK to create and secure jobs.
“For Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish jobs are a price worth paying for their dreams of independence.
“On September 18th, the people of Scotland face two futures – one where a Yes vote puts at risk some of the million jobs which are dependent on our UK links or one where a No vote would secure these jobs and use policies like the Bankers Bonus Tax to tackle long-term and youth unemployment.”
A Scottish Research Society spokesperson believes: “The figures just keep getting stacked up against independence. Whether it’s 100,000 or one million jobs, we’re simply cannot play fast and loose with people’s livelihoods and future. It’s not a risk worth gambling on and we believe that that voters will make the right choice on September 18th and vote NO against independence.”