Blog: Together, we can step up for public services

This Saturday, our union and our movement will march.

We will raise our banners, balloons, flags as we demand the better public services our communities need. And we will raise our voices, to call for an end to cuts and austerity, an end to an attack on our jobs, our pay and our conditions. We will remember the struggles our union has faced over the past decade – struggles so many thought we would never overcome – and fight for a better future for UNISON members and everyone who relies on public services.

Recent years have been difficult for everyone working in public services, but I know that the passion of UNISON members remains undimmed – that passion which makes me so proud of our union. You all have so much to give to those who need your support, and their needs are greater now than at any time in our union’s existence. Yet we still have a Conservative government determined to axe jobs and services when what our country needs is the exact opposite – investment.

By standing together on Saturday, we can continue to show the strength of our feelings and continue to make the case for public services. If you’re in London, near London or can get to London this Saturday, join us to “step up for public services”. Ask your branch if there are buses going to the march from your region. And if you can’t make it, support the march online by using the hashtag #stepup on social media.

Together we can demand a different kind of country. Together we can make our voices heard. Together, we can step up for public services.

Where? London: Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park

When? Saturday 12 May. We will assemble from 11am and move off at 12pm. The rally in Hyde Park ends at 4pm.


Some regions will organise coaches but some find it better to travel by train – these decisions are up to your branch and region. The TUC also organise coaches. For specific details, click on your region below – if there are no fixed arrangements you are best to contact your branch directly.

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South East

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West Midlands



Northern Ireland

Yorkshire and Humberside