16 Nov 2012

Usdaw Protest Over Public Spending Cuts

Campaigning Renfrewshire South MSP Hugh Henry joined thousands of protesters at a march in Glasgow over public spending cuts.

Around 5,000 people took to the streets to coincide with marches in London and Belfast, where thousands more gathered to call for an end to austerity measures.

Hugh Henry Renfrewshire South MSP with Usdaw protestors
The local politician stood side by side with protesters calling on the Government to focus instead on creating policies which they said could create growth.

The rally, which was organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), began in George Square and ended at Glasgow Green.

Hugh marched alongside Usdaw members who work in a variety of occupations and industries including shopworkers, factory and warehouse workers, drivers, clerical, pharmaceutical and insurance agents.

Karen Whitefield from Usdaw, said: “Our members are proud to stand alongside our trade union colleagues in fighting for a fair deal for working people. Hugh Henry’s support is important to our trade union members.”

He said: “I joined the march because like everyone else who took to the streets I want change. I want the Government to think again about their policies which give tax cuts to the rich and benefit cuts to the less well off in my constituency and all over Scotland.

“Everyone deserves a living wage. Students are standing beside our trade unions and others because they don't want to see Westminster's austerity policies dump an entire generation on the scrapheap.

"The Scottish Government says it is putting a priority on tackling youth unemployment, but it needs to do more. If Alex Salmond is serious about tackling youth unemployment he needs to reverse the damaging cuts to Scotland’s colleges.”