The Scottish Trades Union Congress has said it wants to start a debate about the issues of independence, saying we have concentrated too much on the "process".
But during a discussion on Scotland Tonight, others said the group was coming to the table "too late".
The STUC plans on holding events over the coming months about the issues of an independent Scotland.
Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham told John MacKay the country is concentrating on the question too much.
He said: "We are worried the next thing that will happen will be election campaign messages from the political parties and the issue-led discussion will be left high and dry.
"We want our members to have the opportunity to have an issue led-debate. The better informed people are when they come upon the question the better prepared they will be to answer it."
But Colin Mackay, political editor of Radio Forth and Radio Clyde, said the STUC were "too late".
He said: "Without the process debate the rest of it doesn’t really matter. You can have the debate about issues and the debate about the process going on at the same time.
"The STUC are coming to this quite late; they would have been better off taking part in the process debate. It’s going to be too late for them to be part of the debate."
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