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Tories not welcome in Troon

by Sarah Creagh and Keith Boyd
Issue No. 2296

Around 1,000 people marched on the Scottish Tory party conference in Troon last Saturday.

The march, called by the Scottish TUC, highlighted the soaring levels of youth unemployment. Some 103,000 young people are currently without work in Scotland alone.

Delegations from the GMB, Unite, PCS and Unison unions all took part.

Carol Ball, chair of Glasgow City Unison, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. “It was fabulous that we could face the Tories,” she said.

“We let them know they are not for Scotland. They’re not for the country as a whole, but definitely not for Scotland.”

Some of the protesters wore panda masks—to point out there are fewer Tory MPs than there are pandas in Scotland.

Dave Churchley, a Unite member, said the march was “wonderful”.

“It’s criminal that one million young people are unemployed,” he said. “Society needs to be changed.”

Zharak Wadan, a student, added, “People need money, wages and jobs. The government is cutting health and public services. There’s no sign of job opportunities.”

A few Tories showed their faces, coming to watch the protests through the barriers. But they were met by angry chants from the protesters.

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Tue 27 Mar 2012, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2296
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