Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Scottish Trades Union Congress vs Westminster

Protesters: Scottish Trades Union Congress
Target: Westminster
Location: Edinburgh
Date: 23 October

The lowdown

Twenty-thousand people protested in Edinburgh in a mass rally organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress. Buses from across Scotland brought people to the city centre for a rally between East Market Street and Princes Street Gardens. The rally was part of the union's 'There Is Another Way' campaign. The event was attended by Holyrood politicians including Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill and Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray, who said the large turnout demonstrated the Scottish people's opposition to the cuts.

Why the protest?

Before the march, STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said the campaign had been launched to 'expose the lie that it is those with the broadest shoulders who will bear the brunt of the cuts'. He added: 'There is an alternative. Get people back to work, get the economy growing again, and the public finances will largely take care of themselves.'

How did the Government respond?

No response has been given.

How did the media cover it?

The news was covered in national newspaper The Guardian and by the Press Association. The rally was also covered in Scottish publications such as Herald Scotland, the Daily Record and the Caledonian Mercury.

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