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Glasgow stands up against threat to refugees

by Margaret Woods
Issue No. 2300

The campaign against plans to evict up to 140 refugees who have been refused asylum from their homes accelerated this week in Glasgow.

It is putting more pressure on Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond.

Some 200 people demonstrated outside the home office at Brand Street in Glasgow last Saturday to protest at the threat from the YPeople agency (see right).

Two Scottish National Party MSPs and one Green Party councillor joined speakers from the EIS, Unison and FBU unions.

Rev Ian Galloway from the Church of Scotland announced that the Glasgow Presbytery voted unanimously to call on the Scottish government to stop the evictions. Catholic Justice and Peace spoke as well as various campaigning groups.

One of the refugees threatened with being made homeless also spoke.

He is currently receiving kidney dialysis three times a week.

All the speakers expressed dismay that the multinational security company Serco is due to take over the housing contract.

The FBU is set to table an emergency motion to the Scottish TUC this week calling for no evictions.

It also calls for support for a national demonstration on 9 June by the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and other campaigning groups.

Lobbies are set to take place next week at a special council committee meeting and a stakeholders meeting with UKBA and YPeople.


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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
Issue No. 2300
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