31 August 2021

Protest in the Park - Royal Parks cleaners' strike

Striking workers and supporters marched through Hyde Park on Bank Holiday Monday, amplifying the cleaners' struggle for equality.

Royal Parks cleaners working for Just Ask Services marked the end of their second week of strike action with a Protest in the Park yesterday.

They are fighting for an end to the two-tier workforce which sees workers employed on the Just Ask contract getting worse terms than their colleagues working directly for Royal Parks. PCS members are demanding improved workplace health and safety, a commitment to no redundancies, sick pay parity with in-house staff, amongst other things.

The cleaners have kept parks open and safe during the pandemic, providing a much-needed public space for everyone during a difficult and isolating period. The same rights as in-house colleagues is the bare minimum these workers should be able to expect from their employer. 

The Protest in the Park marched through Hyde Park, with singing and drums along the way. Speeches were given outside the Diana Memorial Playground where members of the public listened in and offered words of support, donating what they could to the strike fund bucket. Hollywood actor Jude Law even ran past and took a PCS leaflet; members are keeping their fingers crossed and a close eye on the strike fund…

The next stages of the campaign are being discussed. In the meantime, please give what you can via the Crowdfunder.