The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Annual St Andrews Day March and Rally take place tomorrow 3Oth November, the first time in a number of years that the celebration of Scotland’s multicultural society fall on St Andrew’s Day itself.
Speaking ahead of the March and Rally, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said,
“Our event this year takes place at a time when the eyes of countries and communities throughout the world will be on Scotland in the coming months. We have to use that focus to highlight Scotland as a country that welcomes everyone, will not tolerate racism and is happy to provide refuge for those coming to the United Kingdom to escape persecution in their homelands.
“Today, as part of our increased activity surrounding St Andrew’s Day, we engaged with over 300 young people through our ‘Unions into Schools’ project. We were delighted to have been asked to chair St Pauls Academy’s excellent debate on the constitutional future of our country and we hosted our STUC Schools Song Festival where schools from across Scotland from Golspie to Glasgow showcased songs they had written highlighting social issues important to them including challenging racism.
“Perhaps when the world is going to be watching Scotland we should listen more to our young people, who through increased social awareness, and perhaps having learned from mistakes of the past, are clear that they want to be educated, live and work in a society that is free from racism.
“For our young people an equal and diverse society is the way forward and we have to continue to listen to, and learn from them”.
Contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100
Notes to Editors
The march will assemble at Glasgow Green (Green Dyke Street entrance from 10.30am marching off at 11.00am to a rally at Glasgow Film Theatre at 12 noon.
March Route; Glasgow Green, MacLellan Arch, Saltmarket, Glasgow Cross, High Street, Ingram Street, Montrose Street, Cochrane Street, George Square South, St Vincent Place, St Vincent Street, Hope Street, Bath Street, Douglas Street, Sauchiehall Street, Rose Street and Renfrew Street.
Speakers at the Rally include; Jerry Dammers., Musician and Anti Racism Campaigner; Dee Matthew, Show Racism the Red Card; Dominic Bascombe, Hope not Hate and Allan White United Glasgow Football Club.