Community groups, public sector workers and trades union activists were amongst those who turned out to march against public sector cuts at a demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday 20th October. The event, organised by the Scottish Trades Union Council, attracted around 10,000 people and ran in conjunction with similar protests in London and Belfast.
The demonstration, entitled ‘A Future that Works’, consisted of a march from George Square to Glasgow Green led by former Remploy employees who lost their jobs when Government cutbacks forced the closure of their factories. Marchers also heard speeches from figures such as STUC general secretary Grahame Smith and chair of the PCS union’s Scotland Committee Derek Thomson who spoke of the need for a change to the Government’s harsh austerity programme.
Mr Thomson said; “We want an end to the austerity agenda. We want investment in jobs that builds both the public and the private sectors. That’s what PCS members will be marching for on Saturday and politicians across the UK would do well to listen.”
The demonstration comes at a critical time for the anti-cuts movement as local councils appear eager to continue participating in the massive cost cutting exercise demanded by the Government. With the majority of cuts yet to be implemented it is vital that we make our voices heard stronger than ever to show our opposition to these disastrous policies.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow, speaking at the 150,000 strong London rally, also called for radical action to be taken; “The marches are a building block towards the objective of co-ordinated action and a general strike. That is what RMT says, march today, strike tomorrow.”