With the government planning deep spending cuts that will harm communities across the country most town centres will have staged a protest or demonstration in recent months. This guide gives you some tips on how to organise a demo or protest that should capture the press and public’s attention.
Please remember childcare issues when considering the timing of your demo or protest. Lunchtime demos may be more accessible and therefore better attended by members.
Don’t forget about access for disabled members; ensure your meeting point and the route of any march/protest is suitable for the members in your branch (e.g. not in a pub if you have members who don’t drink or socialise in such venues).
You will need to get police permission if you are organising a march/demo, so please contact your local police station and ask for the public order planning department.
If the event is within a mile of parliament in Westminster there are various restrictions and so you must give notice to the Metropolitan Police at least seven days in advance. Contact the events team at Charing Cross police station on 020 7321 7524 to discuss the event and any applications you have to complete. For guidance on completing these forms you can also contact the PCS campaigns unit on 020 7801 2820 or email@example.com.
Members and reps are taking part in this kind of activity in their PCS capacity as a rep or member. Please share information on our campaign and what members of the public can do to support us but do not disclose any confidential information.
Think about the contents of any materials you hand out and also what you say to the press or members of the public and how you say it. For example, don’t be derogatory or disrespectful about colleagues or managers or your employer in what you say or in leaflets etc that you give out. Inappropriate comments might lead to disciplinary action against you by your employing department/agency. Always bear in mind the contents of your employing department/agency’s disciplinary policy and/or standards of behaviour policy.
If you are approached for comment by the media while you are taking part in a demo/protest, tell them about our campaign/issues and make it clear you are speaking in your capacity as a PCS rep. Refer them to our press office for more information.