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Protests against cost-of-living crisis and Government’s mini-budget to take place across UK this weekend

© Supplied by Guy Bell/ShutterstocGeneral Secretary of the RMT union, Mick Lynch, speaks at an Enough is Enough rally at the Clapham Grand. 50 rallies are planned around the UK.
General Secretary of the RMT union, Mick Lynch, speaks at an Enough is Enough rally at the Clapham Grand. 50 rallies are planned around the UK.

Protests will take place in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend as a result of the cost-of-living-crisis and the UK Government’s mini-budget.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in over 50 cities and towns across the UK on Saturday 1 October in response to sky-rocketing energy bills, rising inequality and inflation.

The protests have been organised by the Enough is Enough campaign group, founded by trade unions and community organisations “determined to push back against the misery forced on millions by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, shoddy housing – and a society run only for a wealthy elite.”

Speakers at the rally in Glasgow will include STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer, CWU National Assistant Secretary Davie Robertson, the RMT’s Scottish Organiser Gordon Martin and UNISON’s Kirsteen Fraser, who is currently involved in the industrial action at the University of Glasgow.

Representatives from Fans Supporting Foodbanks, Living Rent and Power to the People Glasgow will also be speaking.

The group now has over 700,000 active members and its five key demands are a real pay rise, to slash energy bills, end food poverty, decent homes for all and to tax the rich.


Protests and times across Scotland will be as follows:

GLASGOW

12pm, Buchanan Street steps, G1 2NG

EDINBURGH

10.30am, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ

ABERDEEN

11am, Marischal college, AB10 1AB

DUNDEE

12pm, 110 blackness road, DD1 5PB


Commenting ahead of the day of action, the CWU’s Regional Secretary for Scotland Craig Anderson said: “The Government’s disastrous budget last week has intensified the unprecedented attacks on working people’s living standards.

“For months teachers, nurses, firefighters and all other workers, including CWU members in Royal Mail, the Post Office and the BT Group, have been told that giving them a real pay rise would be inflationary. Well, now we know it’s the government handing out tax cuts to the super rich that is causing the real economic crisis for working people in this country.

“People are angry. Workers are striking back and working class people are taking to the streets to campaign against soaring energy bills and rip off rents.

“Collective campaigning delivers victories for working people. Join us on Saturday, show solidarity with your posties, rail workers and all other workers taking action to defend living standards and tell the establishment – Enough is Enough.”

Find out more: wesayenough.co.uk/oct1/