ABOUT GLASGOW AGAINST CLOSURES
Glasgow Against Closures was formed in 2021 to draw together the network of local groups campaigning to save their libraries, community centres and other venues from closures following the pandemic. We gained a lot of momentum in the summer of 2021, harnessing the strength of trade unions and local campaigns and communities to hold a mass demonstration through Glasgow to the People’s Palace. We followed this up with a demonstration at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, and then further protests in Glasgow at the City Council’s budget day and at the reopening of the Burrell Collection. In March 2022 we held an electoral hustings ahead of the May vote.
- STOP THE CLOSURES!
The Council must do everything in their power to make sure that all publicly owned venues will never permanently close and all of them reopen as soon as possible.
- THEY BELONG TO THE PEOPLE!
The Council must commit to keeping all our venues under public ownership, reject community asset transfers and shelve the controversial “People Make Glasgow Communities” scheme. This is the same model as David Cameron’s failed “Big Society” and will only lead to more unemployment where volunteers are given work that people used to be paid for and spiralling costs as these organisations bump up prices to maximise revenue. The people of Glasgow did not select a Tory council.
- END GLASGOW LIFE
Some of the venues that are in question have been proudly owned by the people of Glasgow through two world wars and in a few short years Glasgow Life has single handedly run them into the ground. The Council must create a mechanism to bring the staff and assets of Glasgow back into direct Council management as done with the other failed Arm’s Length Organisations.
GLASGOW BELONGS TO US: THE GLASGOW AGAINST CLOSURES SUMMIT ON OWNERSHIP AND DEMOCRACY – NOVEMBER 2022
HUSTINGS FOR OUR VENUES – APRIL 2022
GLASGOW AGAINST CLOSURES NETWORK
Glasgow Against Closures has drawn support from a range of campaigns and organisations including:
- Save Maryhill Library
- Save WhiteInch Library
- Save Our Libraries
- Friends of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens / Glasgow Green
- Ruchill Community Centre
- Friends of Cathkin Park
- Glasgow City Unison
- Unison Region
- Unite Retired Members
- Unite Not for Profit
- High Knightswood and Anniesland
- Hurlet and Brockburn
- Shawlands and Strathbungo
- Simshill and Old Cathcart
- South Cardonald and Rosshall
- Woodlands and Park
- The SANE Collective
- North Glasgow Voluntary Sector Organisation
- Interfaith Glasgow
- Drumchapel Thriving Places
- Third Lanark FC
Glasgow Against Closures meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm over Zoom. You can find the link on our events page, or on the Glasgow Against Closures Facebook page! To get involved, get in touch using the contact details below!