Union quits Pride Glasgow event over ‘commercialisation’

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08/17/2019

A major trade union has pulled out of the Glasgow Pride march after criticising the “commercialisation” of the event. Unite will not be taking part in Saturday’s event after its Scottish LGBT+ committee said it did not agree with imposing charges on organisations to join in the demonstration. It also criticised companies using Pride to “enhance customer reach”. The parade will travel through the city centre to the Broomielaw from 11:30. Last year’s event was marred by ticketing problems, and led to the resignation of former chief executive Alastair Smith. Tickets to enter the charity’s march this year cost LGBT+ groups £120 for a walking group or £420 for commercial organisations, while it costs £600 to have a float at the event.

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