People from across Scotland and north-east England descended on Glasgow at the weekend to make a stand against the government's cuts.
Among them was June Coffelt, who works for Registers of Scotland in the city and joined the march with colleagues from the PCS union.
She told the Star: "We have already had to reapply for our own jobs and now the government wants me to retire at 68. Well, 68 is too late for me.
"There's no rosy future and I'm not looking forward to retirement.
"People may still need to work and who is going to have us at that age?"
Tim Butler travelled from Stockton-on-Tees to join the march in Glasgow with colleagues from the north-east branch of the RMT.
He said: "We are here to campaign for employment and for less cuts.
"We need services for people and we need to work towards building a fairer society."
Scottish organiser of the Young Communist League and law student Johnny Hunter said that young people had realised how much the capitalist system is failing.
"We still have the majority of the government's cuts to come," he said.
"But it's not too late to change, so we are here to show solidarity with the trade union movement.
"Across Europe, people are realising that capitalism is crumbling and people are taking to the streets in Greece and Spain."
Alistair McMath, from Dunfermline, works as a bus driver for Stagecoach.
He and his colleagues from his Unite branch joined the march at George Square to highlight how damaging the government's cuts were to the transport service.
Mr McMath said: "The Scottish government wants to cut subsidies which will lead directly to job losses.
"The pensioners travel scheme is good, but the government wants to remove it when people retire."
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