20 August 2021

Royal Parks: First week of strike action ends on a high

After a week of industrial action, workers at Just Ask remain determined to win. Planning more campaign activities next week, ending in a large public protest on bank holiday monday.

The strike is over 6 issues, the key ones being possible staffing cuts later this year and winning the same sick pay as staff who are directly employed by the Royal Parks.

On Monday, 16 August, the first day of two weeks of continuous strike action, supporters and more than 20 strikers joined at Royal Parks HQ for a demo and meeting to kick off the week.

With messages of support given by Hector Wesley on behalf of the PCS NEC, and Robert Eagleton on behalf of the City of Westminster Labour party, as well as members of Unite Community and the NSSN, and met their new officer from UVW, PCS' partner in the dispute.

On Wednesday, (18), the strikers were met by PCS president Fran Heathcote at their strike meeting to plan next steps.

On Friday (20), more than 20 strikers joined another public protest in St James's Park and planned next week's action, agreeing to ramp up the dispute organising leafletting the public and a mass protest on Bank Holiday Monday, (30).

People can support the Just Ask strikers by supporting any of the below events, or contributing to their strike fund.

Monday, 23 August: Public leafletting 10am Speaker's Corner Hyde Park.

Wednesday, 25 August: Public Leafletting 10am location to be decided.

Friday, 27 August: Public protest 10am, location to be decided.

Monday, 30 August: Mass protest: 11am, Speaker's Corner Hyde Park.