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Scotland's TUC protest on 23 October shows how we can fight the cuts

by Dave Sherry, secretary of Unite Scottish Housing branch
Issue No. 2223

Activists across Britain are organising protests against the Tories’ brutal “spending review” axe package next week.

One of the biggest will be the one in Scotland on Saturday 23 October, organised by the Scottish TUC.

Three days after millionaire chancellor George Osborne unveils the austerity plan, thousands of people from all over Scotland will converge on Edinburgh to join the march.

The major trade unions have been pulling out all the stops for the demonstration.


Over the last month STUC deputy general secretary Dave Moxham has addressed local unions and community groups about it, spelling out how savage the cuts will be and why they will make life worse.

Last week, at a special meeting of Unite workplace representatives in Glasgow, he argued that unions have to take the fight into the communities and onto the streets.

The Edinburgh demonstration is only the start of what has to become a mass campaign about jobs, pensions and public services.

Unions are laying on free transport.

The EIS teachers’ union has organised dozens of coaches and is putting on more.

The union organised a demonstration of 15,000 in Glasgow earlier this year.

Unite and Unison are providing free coaches from all major towns—and trades councils, union branches and workplaces are organising transport too.

There has been a huge show of rank and file unity.

Activists from trades councils, different union branches, the Right to Work campaign and others have come together to organise stalls, street meetings and rallies in towns across Scotland.

Saturday 23 October, 11am, Edinburgh. Assemble East Market Street and march to the rally in Princes Street Gardens. For posters, publicity and details of local transport go to or phone the STUC on 0141 337 8100

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2223
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