Prison Officers trade union supports Yes campaign
Yes Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Prison Officers Association Scotland to offer its full support to the independence campaign.
At the representative body's conference in Peebles, delegates voted on a motion to voice their "frustration and dismay" at the Westminster government's pension arrangements and refusal to recognise prison officers as a key operational service like the police or fire brigade.
The supported motion also agrees that the best interest of prison officers will be served by an independent Scottish Government.
Blair Jenkins, Yes Scotland's chief executive said: "Yes Scotland are delighted by the decision of the Prison Officers Association of Scotland to support a Yes vote in next year's referendum - the first union to declare its backing for independence so far.
"Their frustration with the failing and uncaring Westminster system chimes throughout Scotland, as too does their appreciation for what the devolved Scottish Parliament has been able to achieve in spite of limited powers.
"A Yes vote is the natural choice for the Prison Officers Association and for other trade union members throughout the country. There are benefits for public services that only a Yes vote can bring. With independence we will always get the governments we vote for - governments that are better placed to listen to the needs of the people of Scotland."
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Yes Scotland welcomes an ICM poll in Scotland on Sunday and a Survation poll in the Sunday Post today. The ICM poll shows the highest support for Yes so far in the referendum campaign - 48 per cent when "don't knows" are excluded. The Sunday Post poll records the narrowest gap between Yes and No of any Survation poll so far, and also shows that people regard the Yes campaign as the most trustworthy and positive of the two.