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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 June 2015

Scotland anti-austerity rally, Glasgow

24-hour general strike demand gains support

Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland
Photo Leah Ganley

Photo Leah Ganley   (Click to enlarge)

5,000 trade unionists, young people and anti-austerity campaigners attended the Scotland United Against Austerity rally called by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Glasgow on 20 June.

The mood of people at the rally reflected a real desire for action against austerity and a searching for the best way to fight back.

Socialist Party Scotland was prominent in George Square, calling for the trade unions to take national co-ordinated action against austerity. Our central demand for a 24-hour general strike received a fantastic response.

We also called for the Scottish government and all local councils to set 'no cuts budgets' and refuse to implement Tory cuts.

The highlights of the rally included striking Dundee hospital porters, on all-out strike for fair pay for eleven weeks. They were represented onstage by Unite senior shop stewards Ronnie Heeney and Graham Nelson. They concluded: "We need a general strike and a political voice for working class people. Victory to the porters, victory for caseworkers, victory to the working class!"

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the largest teaching union, EIS, invoked the example of the mass non-payment campaign against the poll tax that brought down Thatcher (with the Socialist Party's predeces-sor Militant playing a leading role).

Janice Godrich, National President of the PCS civil service union and Socialist Party Scotland member put forward a clear strategy for the labour movement after the general election.

30 people applied for more information on joining Socialist Party Scotland on the day. 183 copies of the Socialist were sold and over 200 in fighting fund raised.

In addition, we distributed thousands of Socialist Party and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) leaflets.

The Scottish TUSC conference is taking place on Saturday 27 June in Glasgow at 1pm in Renfield-St Stephens Centre, Bath Street.

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In The Socialist 24 June 2015:


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Youth Fight Austerity!

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Workplace news in brief

Strike in Swansea to defend home tuition jobs

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Wales: Local Government reorganisation threat

Scotland anti-austerity rally, Glasgow

Labour wields Tory axe at Library of Birmingham

Hull: A new generation of activists

Growing the party in Sheffield

Socialist bake-off at London picnic


 

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