Countdown to 18 October


Countdown to 18 October

Arrangements have been finalised for Prospect members planning to march behind the union’s banner at the TUC’s ‘Britain needs a pay rise’ demonstration in London on October 18.

Marchers can go straight to the assembly point on the Embankment, or call into the union’s headquarters at New Prospect House between 9am-10.30am to collect placards and flags.

The Scottish TUC and Irish Congress of Trade Unions are also organising events in Glasgow and Belfast Scotland on 18 October.

London assembly point

The march will assemble from 11am on the Embankment near Blackfriars station. Prospect and FDA members will meet in Zone 8, close to Somerset House.

It will move off at noon, and march via Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly to Hyde Park for a rally.

Marchers are advised to arrive from the rear of the march. This makes Blackfriars, Southwark and St Paul’s tube stations the best ones to arrive at. Waterloo is also suitable, but marchers should stay south of the river and cross Blackfriars bridge – not Waterloo bridge.

Short route

The TUC has arranged an assembly point for those who do not wish to walk the whole route, at the top of St James’ St, close to Green Park Station. This will allow people to march for the final stretch into Hyde Park.

People are asked to form up there from 11.30am onwards, to leave by 12.30pm.

There will be accessible toilets within reasonable distance of this assembly point.

After the rally

Prospect members are welcome to join colleagues and staff in the upstairs room at the Star Tavern public house, 6 Belgrave Mews West, SW1X 8HT, where refreshments will be provided. The pub is close to Hyde Park, where the march concludes.

How to stay informed

Everyone who pledges to come on the march will be sent regular updates about the day, including travel information, the route, speakers and how else they can get involved.

Prospect video

If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, general secretary Mike Clancy features in a Prospect video explaining why Britain needs a pay rise


The TUC has a dedicated site where you can download and print flyers and posters.