So­cial­ists protest against aus­ter­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Mem­bers of the Ruther­glen branch of the Scot­tish So­cial­ist Party protested against aus­ter­ity on the day of the Queen’s Speech last week.

They joined forces with other La­nark­shire branches to picket the of­fices of Con­ser­va­tive MSP, Mar­garet Mitchell.

SSP na­tional trade union or­gan­iser, Richie Ven­ton, said: “The Tories have ab­so­lutely no man­date to an­nounce their butch­ery of benefits, slaugh­ter of ser­vices, and wipe- out of work­ers’ rights with an ef­fec­tive ban on the right to or­gan­ise unions or strike.

“Across the UK, 63 per cent of peo­ple voted against them. In Scot­land, only a mi­nus­cule 10 per cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers ac­tu­ally voted Tory.

“Yet they plan to slash Work­ing Tax Cred­its, young peo­ple’s hous­ing benefits, Car­ers’ Al­lowances, 1.9mil­lion public sec­tor jobs, and im­pose dic­ta­to­rial ob­sta­cles to work­ers’ unions, to pre­vent work­ing peo­ple fight­ing back.

“Scot­land has just wit­nessed a land­slide vote to fight Tory aus­ter­ity.

“The SSP is de­mand­ing pow­ers for the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to halt and re­verse Tory wel­fare cuts; in­tro­duce a Scot­tish £ 10 min­i­mum wage for all over 16, and re­peal all anti-union laws.”

Protest Mem­bers of Ruther­glen SSP with mem­bers from other La­nark­shire branches protest at he of­fices of Mar­garet Mitchell MSP against Tory cuts

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