11 October 2021

Just Ask strikers protest at Royal Parks half marathon

The striking members raised awareness and gained popular support for their dispute.

Members employed by Just Ask Services are on strike over terms and conditions and pay, which are inferior to those of colleagues who are employed directly by the Royal Parks. They have taken 16 days of strike action since 31 July and are now on strike for the whole of October.

The striking PCS members and supporters met at Hyde Park Corner on the morning of the Royal Parks half marathon on Sunday 10 October with flags and placards.  The half marathon event attracts thousands of entrants and spectators and creates a large amount of income for the Royal Parks.

After a short march from Hyde Park Corner to the finish line the protestors gathered round the culture sector banner for speeches and a poem from Poetry on the Picket Line, surrounded by thousands of attendees of the half marathon.

Members handed out nearly 2000 leaflets, despite objections from the Royal Parks senior management. Many people, regular users of the parks and visitors, expressed their support for the campaign.

The month-long strike continues this week and the next face to face picket line will be on Friday 15 October at Marlborough Gate (St James's Park) at 10:30.

Another protest is planned for 20 October at Royal Parks headquarters for their trustees’ meeting.

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