RMT Members Back Yes Vote
Members of transport union RMT have narrowly backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
An RMT spokesman said: "RMT has conducted a referendum ballot of our members in Scotland and they have narrowly recorded a majority in support of the Yes position.
"That ballot result has been reported to the union's executive and we will be sending out a formal letter to our members in Scotland in due course.''
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the vote as "a humiliation for Ed Miliband''.
"Coming on the same day as his latest visit to Scotland, it completely demolishes his claims to be the authentic voice of working-class, Labour-minded voters across Scotland,'' she said.
"Labour voters are already moving to a Yes vote in their hundreds of thousands, and it is endorsements like this which will persuade even more of them to back independence, as we look to securing a majority of Labour supporters voting Yes on September 18.''
SNP councillor Malcolm Balfour, an RMT member and the party's trade union liaison officer, said: "I welcome RMT members' momentous decision to back a Yes vote. It is a welcome addition to the growing list of support for Scottish independence.
"As an RMT member myself I find this result personally satisfying and am very proud members of my union are backing a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.''
Former Labour Party chairman Bob Thomson, a member of Labour For Independence, said: "This is a major boost for the Yes campaign, reflecting the fact that already around a third of Labour members intend to vote Yes.
"On the day Ed Miliband is in Scotland, it demonstrates that trade union members are rejecting the Westminster elite - and backing Yes in increasing numbers - because they want the powers here in Scotland to build social justice.
"As this ballot shows, Mr Miliband doesn't speak for trade unionists and Labour voters in Scotland on the referendum - he speaks on behalf a No campaign, which wants to deny the people of Scotland the opportunity of a lifetime to build a fairer society.
"By voting Yes, we really will abolish the bedroom tax, banish Trident nuclear weapons, set an example for peace and progress in the world, transform childcare, and ensure that the natural resources of Scotland benefit future generations.''
Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, said: "We're delighted to welcome RMT members to Yes, and we're sure that their decision will encourage many others within the wider trade union movement to complete the journey to Yes.''
Labour insists the RMT ballot "did not show a majority in favour independence''.
The result of the ballot was 1051 for Yes (44%), 968 for No (41%) with 365 taking no position (15%).
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "Six trade unions, representing 130,000 people across the public and private sector in Scotland, are in favour of a No vote on September 18.
"The vast majority of trade unionists in Scotland agree that we are stronger together and want to side with the politics of unity and solidarity, and not the politics of division.
"Even this ballot did not show a majority in favour of independence - 56% of people who voted didn't support a Yes vote.''
Kevin Lindsay, Scottish Secretary of train drivers' union ASLEF, said: "ASLEF, together with five other trade unions, is supporting a No vote on September 18.
"I am voting against Scottish independence because I am a trade unionist. My aim is to see all working people - regardless of a line on a map - united to strive for more equality and higher living standards.
"As I trade unionist I have three overriding priorities: to build solidarity among all working people; to extend fairly remunerated career opportunities; and to establish a democratic framework with control over local affairs. All of these lead me to one conclusion. I will vote to retain Scotland within the UK.''
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