National briefing for branch secretaries and branch organisers
A major demonstration will take place in London on Saturday, 1 July. The demonstration, called by the People’s Assembly and supported by all major trade unions including PCS, focuses on opposition to the Tory/DUP government and their commitment to austerity, cuts and privatisation, calling for investment in public services and public sector jobs, the health service, in the education system, for housing, and for jobs and living standards for all.
Further information is available here.
We are encouraging all branches and members to make every effort to take part, ensuring the PCS contingent are visible and vibrant on the day. This briefing outlines practical arrangements for the day and action required in branches.
Details of the march
Marchers are asked to assemble by noon, at BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. The march is expected to set off at 1pm and make its way to Parliament Square.
A route of the march, including alternative routes, will be available in the lead up to the day of the demonstration.
The PCS form up area will be clearly marked by the PCS inflatable yellow balloon.
Marchers are asked to use all tube and train stations in the area. Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road are all nearby.
Transport is being arranged from across the country by People’s Assembly groups - full details will be available soon. Keep checking the People’s Assembly website for updates.
PCS regional and national offices will also be organising transport where there is sufficient demand. Members and branches are asked to contact their local PCS office to check arrangements and to register interest. Regional PCS office contact information is available here.
Branches and regions organising coaches should note the following:
- make sure every coach has a 'lead organiser'
- the lead organiser should be in communication with the driver in order to locate the coach on pick up
- make sure the lead organiser has the mobile numbers for every person on the coach to communicate location of drop off and pick up
- every person on coach should have contact number of lead organiser & at least one other person on the coach as back up
- try to march together with the rest of your coach on the demonstration
Branch PCS banners
Branches are encouraged to bring branch banners. PCS placards, flags, whistles and so forth will be available from the meet up point on the day. The PCS contingent will be led by the union’s samba band.
PCS members and branches are asked to invite friends and family by sharing the event on their Facebook pages.
PCS will be providing stewards to assist with the running of the march and demonstration and to assist with the distribution of PCS specific materials on the day. Branches and Regions are asked to encourage members to act as stewards wherever possible. Stewards will need to be available at the Portland Place meet up point from 11am on the morning of the demonstration in readiness for a stewards’ briefing. Any members who feel able to assist with stewarding should contact the PCS organising department on firstname.lastname@example.org
Estimating numbers attending
Branches are asked to make an estimate of numbers of members attending the demonstration and forward this information to the national Organising Department at email@example.com Please send a brief email giving:
- Name of branch
- Estimated number of members attending
- Contact information for ‘lead’ branch officer, including a mobile telephone number.
Summary and action
- Please circulate this briefing to members and encourage members to be part of the demonstration on Saturday, 1 July
- Marchers meet up from noon at Portland Street.
- PCS volunteer stewards required, and to meet up from 11am at Gower Street
- Volunteer stewards should make themselves known by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- March moves off from 1pm.
- March ends at Parliament Square.
- Branches to contact PCS regional and national offices to check transport arrangements or check the dedicated transport section of the People’s Assembly website.
Please help to play your part in making Saturday, 1 July a successful and effective day of protest.
Thanks for your support.
Updated 16 June 2017