‘All in this Together? Defending Welfare Services, Defending Human Rights’ was the title of an open forum organised by SWAN Scotland on 19th February 2011. Around 20 SWAN supporters – frontline workers, UNISON activists, students and academics – met in Glasgow to discuss ways in which SWAN could be part of the fightback against cuts and also be involved in defending the rights of asylum seekers.
Speakers in the cuts session included Professor Greg Philo of the Glasgow University Media Unit; Brian Smith, Convenor of Defend Glasgow Services; and John McCardle from the Black Triangle Campaign.
Those present agreed to prioritise building for the TUC 26th March demonstration in London and also for the SWAN Conference in Birmingham on 15/16 April at which Jon Mcardle will be a plenary speaker.