SCOTTISH Labour need to abandon their opposition to indyref2 as “differences” between the party and union voices continue to widen, a union leader has said.

Roz Foyer, the general secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Congress, called on Scottish Labour to take a "look at itself" and change its stance.

The Union leader told The Daily Record: “We absolutely support the right to self-determination for the Scottish people. At the end of the day, it should be up to the Scottish Parliament to determine whether there's an indyref2.”

Foyer added that it would be “damaging” to democracy if the Scottish people were continued to be silenced. Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has consistently backed the UK Government in opposing a second referendum.

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The Stuc leader said Sarwar’s stance is not “viable” and Labour “should a look at itself and gets on the front foot” to support some kind of referendum.

Foyer continued: “The Labour Party has to look very carefully at this. I think just rejecting the idea of a second indy referendum ever happening is not a viable way forward.”

Foyer's comments follow similar remarks made by other trade union voices including Len McCluskey. The former union chair and Labour Party member said the party was at risk of “withering on the vine” if it didn’t change direction.

SNP’s Mhari Black, who took her seat from Labour, said that comments from those within unions show that Labour is “sliding into irrelevance”.

The STUC was formed in opposition to Labour supported unions.

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It has grown to represent over half a million trade unionists in Scotland.

The Labour party was born out of a trade union movement to give workers a political voice.

The Scottish Labour leader called on councillors to show support for the Union in this year's Scottish council elections.

Foyer also criticised the SNP for not doing enough to change economic issues in their “vision for independence”.