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Scottish physiotherapy staff take part in UK-wide mobilisation for a Future that Works

22 October 2012 - 12:48pm

The new CSP Scotland banner was held high in central Glasgow as members protested against UK government public spending cuts.

Retired CSP members and friends joined stewards in a march of 5,000 people from George Square to a rally on Glasgow Green.
 
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)  organised the event as part of a UK-wide mobilisation for a Future that Works.
 
Trade union members were joined by community and equality campaigners, including the Hardest Hit Coalition, with the message that unless policies change the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise, those most in need will not be protected and there will be almost no new jobs.
 
The STUC ran a successful campaign to ensure that it received permission to rally in George Square. Gathering crowds were addressed by STUC general secretary Grahame Smith and Sally Foster-Fulton of the Church of Scotland and other speakers.
 
The march to Glasgow Green was led by sacked Remploy workers and disability activists. The rally heard from STUC president  Agnes Tolmie and Pam Duncan of the Hardest Hit Coalition, among others.
 
CSP Scotland senior negotiating officer Patricia McNally told Frontline: ‘Like all public sector workers CSP members understand the effects austerity measures have on the most vulnerable. Members in Scotland felt it was important to march to demonstrate their commitment to a fair and just society.’

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