15,000 of the 'real big society'
brave the rain to say 'Put People First'
15,000 hardy souls braved torrential rain to demonstrate in Glasgow
on 1 October to demand the Government 'puts people first' through:-
- a redistribution of wealth across Scotland through fair taxes
and living wage jobs
- protection for the hardest hit through decent services and
Faith, equality, anti-poverty and trade union groups across
Scotland came together to campaign for the alternative to cuts
and to say 'there is a better way'.
Ex government minister and veteran campaigner Tony Benn addressed
the rally and slammed the excesses of the bankers while working
people were being forced to 'pay the cost'.
Calling for 'dignity' for working people, Tony praised the spirit
of the march and rally. With that spirit and with so many young
people turning out, Tony told the rally 'We will win!".
UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby, this year's STUC President,
praised the trade unions, community groups, faith groups and wider
public who had braved the rain to turn out in their thousands.
"You are the real big Society", Mike told them.
Tony Benn was in Glasgow in connection with his key role in the
Upper Clyde Shipbuilders 'work in' 40 years ago which was being
commemorated through a number of events in Glasgow on 1 October.
Referring to those who took part in the dispute as 'heroes',
Tony underlined the need for today's campaigns to learn from that
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October 1st, People First: The march through Glasgow
NHS Glasgow, Clyde and CVS branch banner makes its first
outing after being unveiled earlier in the morning.
UNISON President Eleanor Smith braves the rain with South
Ayrshire's Campbell Peden
A soaked but committed Edinburgh contingent (It was sunny