The march of thousands in Glasgow has ended. The Scottish TUC is estimating that more than 10,000 people took part in the protest. Some marchers estimate that up to 15,000 demonstrated.
The scale of support for the action was reflected by the fact that the Daily Record newspaper lined the streets with placards reading, “No cuts”.
Protesters said the stakes in the battle against austerity are high. “If we don’t fight we’ll be left with a miserable society,” said Murray Meikle, a PCS union member.
“We shouldn’t be paying for the crisis. Today is important as it shows there’s more of us than them. Things are so bad that we need a general strike. What more has to happen for our union leaders to accept we need to act now?”
The protest ended with a rally in Glasgow Green. Phil Brennan, GMB Remploy convenor for Scotland, spoke about the Tories’ attacks on disabled Remploy workers.
“1,400 people have lost their jobs – only 35 have found new employment,” he said. “There are five Remploy factories in Scotland striking on Monday against closures and privatisation.”
Lynn Henderson from the PCS civil service workers’ union was cheered when she called for a general strike against the Tories.