A march has taken place in Glasgow in protest at public spending cuts.  It coincided with demonstrations in London and Belfast, where thousands of people gathered to call for an end to austerity measures.  Protesters called on the government to focus instead on creating policies which they said could create growth.

The rally in Scotland, which was organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), began in George Square and ended at Glasgow Green.

It was led by former Remploy workers who lost their jobs when the government-owned factories were closed.

Disability activists, trade unionists, community groups and public sector workers were joined on the platform by organisations including the National Union of Students, the Church of Scotland and the Hardest Hit Coalition.

Before the march, organisers said they were hoping it would repeat a mass demonstration in 2011 over pension reforms, which was attended by more than 250,000 people across the UK.

National Union of Students in Scotland president Robin Parker, who gave a speech in George Square, said: “Students are standing side-by-side with trade union and community members from across Scotland today because we don’t want to see Westminster’s austerity policies dump an entire generation on the scrapheap.

“The Scottish government has said they are putting a priority on tackling youth unemployment, but they can do more. If they are serious about tackling youth unemployment, they need to be serious about funding colleges.

“Our generation needs a future that works.”

And Derek Thomson, chair of the PCS union’s Scotland committee, said: “We want a future funded through fair and progressive taxation and one that delivers public services and welfare benefits to those that need them.

“We want an end to the austerity agenda.

“We want investment in jobs that builds both the public and the private sectors. That’s what PCS members will be marching for on Saturday and politicians across the UK would do well to listen.”