'People have had enough' Hundreds gather to protect right to strike
Hundreds of people gathered in Glasgow city centre today to protect their right to strike.
Organised by the Scottish Trades Unions Congress (STUC), workers and union members came together to oppose a proposed UK government bill, which would limit strike action.
The Strike Bill would see a minimum level of service every time workers go on strike.
Glasgow demonstrators joined over 500,000 others across the UK, voicing their outrage at the proposed legislation, which, they claim, is an "attack on democracy".
Teachers, higher education staff, coffin makers and firefighters are among those who turned up, some of whom also took industrial action.
Many came to show solidarity with the workers, waving banners and flags such as "Greens support strikes", "Students support the strikes" and "Protect the right to strike".
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The STUC’s general secretary Roz Foyer said: "Today is an absolutely crucial show of solidarity, support and worker power. You can see people from a range of different unions today, some of whom are actually taking strike action, some of whom are here to support them.
“I think we are sending a very strong signal to the government, from workers right across every town and city in the UK.
“We are not going to be stripped from our right to strike and we are going to keep fighting until we get the pay and conditions that ordinary people deserve.
“I think it’s an excellent runout and a really positive atmosphere. The government thinks that stripping us of our rights will somehow bring us to heel but the opposite is going to happen.
“They will turbo-charge our resolve and galvanise us to keep fighting. People have had enough now, we went out, we delivered during the pandemic, they clapped for us, and now they think they can keep us down.
“We pay for every crisis, they play the system and we cannot go along like that any longer."
In her speech at the steps of a Royal Conservatory, she thanked everyone who turned up at the event and emphasised that more protests will be organised if workers don't receive sufficient pay rises.
To the people affected by the strikes, she said: "I know that strike action can be really inconvenient but I want people to ask themselves this: how inconvenienced are you about your energy bills?
"Or about the cost of living and the way this government has squandered our economy?
"I want you to get angry and support the people who are fighting back."
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