Scottish union leaders hope more than 20,000 will take part in 20th October anti-austerity demo north of the border (pictured: STUC’s ‘People First’ march, October 2011)


Scottish trade union leaders are to organise a mass demonstration north of the border, to coincide with the TUC’s “A Future that Works” protest on Saturday 20th October 2012.

(Pictured: STUC’s ‘People First’ march, October 2011)

Senior STUC officials say efforts will be made to ensure that the anti-austerity messages of both protests coincide.

It will be the third major protest organised by Scottish trade unions since the Coalition government took office in May 2010. The first, which took place in Edinburgh in October 2010, was attended by at least 20,000 people.

Union leaders, meeting in Glasgow on Thursday morning, decided that it would be ‘politically and organisationally more productive’ to bring more than 20,000 workers onto the streets of a chosen Scottish city, rather than guarantee only 2,000 – 3,000 people would travel from Scotland to take part in the TUC event.

On March 26 2011, the TUC’s March for the Alternative attracted 500,000 people to a march and rally in London.

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