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Being part of A Future That Works

5 September 2012

The format for the day will be a march through central London (including Westminster) followed by a rally in Hyde Park. If you cannot complete the full three mile march, please join at Trafalgar Square or come straight to Hyde Park.

For more FAQs, see our A Future That Works pages

The route

Demo route

The march will begin forming up on Embankment. The area will be very busy so it will be best to head towards Blackfriars and move up to join the TSSA section from the rear of the march. Details are still subject to change, but as it is currently planned, the march will pass Parliament, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, before entering Hyde Park at Hyde Park Corner for a rally.

Westminster, Embankment and Temple tube stations will be very busy and are probably best avoided. It will be quicker to walk from further away.


The march will assemble along Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames from 11am, moving off around noon. The bigger the march, the longer it will take to move off, let alone complete the route. At last year’s March for the Alternative people did not finish leaving the Embankment until around 4pm. We hope the TSSA block will have left well before this, but you should expect not to reach Hyde Park until some time between 2 and 4 – perhaps later.

Remember to allow a large amount of extra time to reach your transport home – streets and stations will be very busy.


TSSA branches, trades councils, anti-cuts groups and other unions may have a cheap or free coach going from your area. Ask you branch and check for details.

A safe, family-friendly event

The event will be carefully stewarded with the aim to make it as safe, accessible, and family friendly as possible. The march will be led by musicians and we expect a number of bands to join the march. Whilst it is hoped that all will respect this mood, some may seek to use the day to stage non-peaceful protests. Last year, the tiny minority who were involved in such acts did so away from the main march. Whilst a repeat cannot be ruled out, the main stewarded march and rally should remain a safe space for all.

What to bring

TSSA will provide a limited number of lunch boxes, but you may wish to bring easy to eat food, water and perhaps a thermos of tea or soup. Comfortable shoes. Warm clothes in multiple layers – you may need more on whilst static but less when marching. Rain protection. A fully-charged mobile phone. A camera if you want to record the day. A Halloween mask or fancy dress (if you dare to join in the TSSA’s ‘horror’ theme). Noise-makers of all sorts!

Updates on the day

The TUC will be providing updates via stewards and through @futurethatworks on Twitter and we’ll be tweeting from @TSSAunion. A mobile number to contact TSSA during the demonstration will be publicised nearer the time.

Glasgow and Belfast demonstrations

Better Way

There will also be protests in Glasgow and Belfast. The Scottish TUC have organised a march and rally in Glasgow as part of the ‘There is a better way’ campaign. The meeting point is still being agreed with the council, but the march will gather at 11am and move to a rally at Glasgow Green. See for more information. The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions are currently making arrangements for people to gather at Writers Square in Belfast and march to Customs House Square. Members across Ireland are welcome at what will be a family- friendly event that will unite trade unions and community groups.

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