Aberdeenshire UNISON

Saturday 20th June 2015

Scotland United Against Austerity, George Square, Glasgow - a truly historic event

Scotland United Against AusterityBranch members joined over 5000 people at the anti-austerity rally in George Square, Glasgow. Trade unions, political parties and community groups brought their banners and placards in a colourful display, all with one message. End austerity - it only benefits the rich.

They were part of a day of demonstrations against austerity with almost 250,000 thronging the streets of London to give the same message to this Tory Government. (see below) Austerity doesn't work and austerity hits the poorest and most vulnerable. End austerity NOW.

London United Against AusterityWith inspiring speeches, great music and even some sunshine, it was a great event. However, with the news of huge cuts in many of Scotland's councils, this can only be the beginning of the fightback. The hard work starts now.


Kate Ramsden at the rallyKate Ramsden, Branch Chair, who attended the rally said, "It was a wonderful event to be a part of as we begin the fightback against the vicious policies of this Tory government which make no sense for the economy but are based on an ideology that hates public services and is only interested in furthering the interests of the rich at the expense of the rest of us.

"It is despicable that they richest 1000 in this country have doubled their wealth while more and more of our children grow up in poverty and families rely on foodbanks to survive. We have become the most unequal country in the EU. The money is there - it's just in the wrong hands."


Scotland United Against Austerity, George Square, Glasgow - Make it a truly historic event

Scotland United Against AusterityThe branch is calling on all our members to come along and support Scotland United Against Austerity on Sat 20th June in George Square, Glasgow.

Branch Chair, Kate Ramsden said, "As austerity and attacks on trade union rights are ramped up, it's vital that the entire anti-austerity movement in Scotland comes together in a show of opposition to the Tory government."

To coincide with the Peoples' Assembly event being held in London, the STUC is throwing its weight behind this major event which will underline the widespread disgust at Tory plans to embed and deepen austerity, targeting the most vulnerable.

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The STUC expects that this event will be co-sponsored by a range of organisations involved in the Peoples' Assembly including major trade unions, the Radical Independence Campaign, Labour Party Campaign for Socialism, the SNP Trade Union Group, the Communist Party and anti-racist grouping Hope not Hate.

Let's make Saturday 20 June a truly historic event.

Watch the Facebook site for further announcements about how people can support and build for 20 June to be announced in due course.

If you would be interested in seats on a bus to this event please let the Resource Centre know by calling 01224 620624. We will take names and see if a bus is viable.



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