Socialists protest against austerity
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