On the march in Motherwell against job cuts

Marchers set off from the town centre.
Marchers set off from the town centre.

Marchers protesting against steel and council job losses took to the streets of Motherwell yesterday.

Around 100 people braved the rain to make their way from the town centre to the council’s Civic Centre headquarters where a ‘roll of signatures’ was taken and passed on to the local authority.

It came just eight days after steelworkers and supporters marched in Motherwell in protest at the planned closure of the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants with the loss of 270 jobs.

North Lanarkshire Council has warned it must make £45 million of cuts, putting around 1,000 jobs under threat.

Sunday’s march was organised by North Lanarkshire Fights Back which describes itself as ‘a grassroots campaign born out of the anger and despair at the latest announcements of job cuts’.

Marchers heard from council and steel workers, and an employee from the tax office in Cumbernauld where job losses are also expected.

A campaign spokesman said meetings with trade unions are being arragned to discuss the next steps.

He added: “We cannot sit back and allow our communities to be crippled by continued attacks and cuts to the basic structures and jobs that our society is built upon.

“We plan to roll out a campaign to harness the powerful feelings of anger and despair in the area in order to bring together and organise among the workers affected by the cuts and the wider communities built around them.”

See the Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday, for more pictures from the march.