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15,000 march in Glasgow to support the miners

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Over 15,000 people joined the demonstration in Glasgow last Wednesday in response to the Scottish TUC’s call for a day of action in support of the miners. Many workers had taken strike action to join the march.

Over 500 teachers were marching, but no schools in the Glasgow region were closed. It was a minority of teachers and auxiliary workers who actually walked out.

Betty Quinn, a NUPE shop steward from Bradhurst High School who was out on strike, is the wife of a steelworker from Ravenscraig. She explained why she was supporting the miners.

‘They are fighting to keep the pits open. If they win, then it will be easier to keep Ravenscraig. Most people think the miners want to shut Ravenscraig. That’s rubbish. They just want to stop it producing steel during the strike.’

The response from engineering firms and shipyards was patchy – Scott Lithgow came out on strike for the day; Yarrows, and Goven shipyards didn’t.

All the trains from Glasgow were stopped for the day.

The miners were especially heartened to see workers from Clydebridge steel, out on strike for the day, on the demonstration.

The turnout on the Edinburgh march was well over 5,000 but very few workplaces actually took strike action.

The high spot of the day was the action at Rosyth naval dockyard where over 2,000 workers struck for the whole day.

19 May, 1984

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