Thousands march against cuts in Glasgow

Community groups, public sector workers and trades union activists were amongst those who turned out to march against public sector cuts at a demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday 20th October. Amongst them were members of the Anarchist Federation from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness alongside comrades from the Solidarity Federation and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

The event, organised by the Scottish Trades Union Council (STUC), attracted around 8,000 people and ran in conjunction with similar protests in England and Northern Ireland. The biggest of these, in London, saw 100,000 take to the streets to demand an end to the Government’s brutal austerity measures.

The growing calls from the mainstream and radical left for effective action against austerity measures finally seem to of been heard by some trade union leaders. At the London rally RMT general secretary Bob Crow told marchers;

“The marches are a building block towards the objective of co-ordinated action and a general strike. That is what RMT says, march today, strike tomorrow.”

This follows on from the motion agreed at last month’s TUC conference which committed the union body to “exploring the “practicalities” of organising a “general strike”, in protest at government spending cuts”.

Whether this talk will be followed up with action remains to be seen.