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15,000 march in Glasgow against cuts

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2271

Up to 15,000 people marched trough Glasgow today, Saturday, for the People First demonstration against attacks on public services.

The marchers did not let torrential rain dampen their spirits as a sea of union banners, flags and placards swept through the city centre.

From transport workers to students to disability activists, everyone had a score to settle with the governments in both London and Edinburgh.

Phil, a member of the EIS teaching union in Glasgow, spoke to Socialist Worker.

“The important thing is to keep up the fight against the cuts on the streets, but more importantly in the strikes in November,” he said. “That will hopefully be the first of many. We’ve got to increase our pressure on the Tories.”

Anne, an RMT union member, said that the turnout was “brilliant”.

She added, “I’ve felt there’s been a bit of apathy in my workplace, but then you come here an it gees you up.”

Piers Doughty-Brown is Telefonica section secretary of the CWU union in Glasgow.

He said, “We have a government quite happy to attack the working class. We’re here to protest against that. I think the turnout is fantastic, stunning.”

There were also around 100 Remploy workers on the march. They were angry at Tory plans to close their factories, which employ people with disabilities.

Marchers were accompanied by a samba band, bagpipers and choir singers.

A student feeder march joined the demo at the start, with hundreds of students marching and chanting against the Tory cuts.

Sheila Parris is a student in Aberdeen. She told Socialist Worker, “They’re trying to take funding off us. It’s not good for students or anyone else.

“They can’t just do what they want – that’s why we’re using our voice today.”

The march ended in Kelvingrove Park with a speech by veteran socialist campaigner Tony Benn.

“I’ve never before seen such anger against what the government is doing,” he told the crowd.

“This march today is an indication of the fact we will not accept it.”

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Sat 1 Oct 2011, 19:06 BST
Issue No. 2271
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