Fury against the cuts was plain to see in Glasgow last Saturday. Up to 15,000 marched for the Scottish TUC’s People First demonstration against attacks on public services.
They 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.
Marty Cooper is a firefighter from Inverness. He marched with an FBU union banner. “It’s daylight robbery what they’re doing to people’s livelihoods,” he told Socialist Worker. “This isn’t what I signed up for in the public sector. We can’t let this happen.”
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, “I’ve felt there’s been a bit of apathy in my workplace, but then you come here and it gees you up.”
There were also around 100 disabled workers from Remploy on the march. They were angry at Tory plans to close their factories. 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. 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 campaigner Tony Benn. “I’ve never before seen such anger against what the government is doing,” he said. “This march today is an indication of the fact we will not accept it.”