16 August 2021

Solid first day of 2-week Royal Parks strike

It has been a strong first day to a 2-week strike by PCS members working as cleaners and attendants in the Royal Parks for outsourcing company Just Ask Estate Services.

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 the first day of the latest action, supervisors were forced to provide skeleton services and the strikers are confident that if the strike remains solid then the Royal Park/Just Ask will be heavily impacted.

Around 40 people attended a strike rally outside Royal Parks headquarters in Hyde Park this month which heard speeches from two PCS NEC members as well as one from the TUC.

In a lively members' meeting today it was agreed that strikers would all meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the dispute. The strikers also made a call for a mass meeting at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, of all union and labour activists for 11am on Bank Holiday Monday (30), traditionally one of the busiest days in the parks. 

Given the length of the dispute, funding for the strikers is necessary and while thousands of pounds have already been raised, we need much more if we are to ensure that the strikers are not forced back to work.

PCS, which is working closely with the United Voices of the World union during the dispute, is paying strike pay but we need to top this up with fundraising. Please give what you can through the Crowdfunder website.

Send messages of support to outsourcedworkers@pcs.org.uk