Organising an action

The form the action takes is up to you. So far people have picketed, leafleted, staged performances, glued themselves to windows, occupied stores and even held an intrepid one woman protest. We are targeting big corporations and the governments that support them, not staff or customers who are being screwed too. Civil disobedience is an important part of what we do, but whatever you decide to do keep it creative and constructive.

Step 1 – List an action

Add your action to our website (with a place and time!). It’s easy to do and we’ll make sure our followers get to hear about it. Creating and linking to a Facebook event is a really good move as it will give you an idea of how many people to expect as well as free publicity as people see their friends signing up.

Step 2 – Spread the word

Some ideas for getting others involved:

  • Tell friends, family, colleagues, the dog and the postman
  • Put up posters in public spaces and in sympathetic shops
  • Get in touch with as many local groups as you can; trade unions, sympathetic political party groups, anti-cuts groups, student unions, local campaigning groups… you never who might want to get involved.
  • Set up a Twitter account and tweet, tweet, tweet using the #ukuncut hashtag. If you create a Facebook page, you can link it to your Twitter account so you don’t have to make the same announcements twice.
  • Email any lists you might subscribe to

Step 3 – Action prep

You’ll probably want to take some flyers, some posters or placards and a banner. You can find flyers and posters on our targets page. Letters to workers explaining that they are not the target of the action can also be effective.

Read up on your target. Why are you targeting them in particular? There are likely to be a lot of curious members of the public milling around – it’s important you’re able to answer their questions. At first they might feel you’re disrupting their shopping but we’ve had a great response from the public once they know what we’re doing and why.

Step 4 – Turn up!

Be brave – even the smallest protests can have a big effect if they’re done right. You’ll meet some new people, get a lot of kind words from passers-by and hopefully have a great time. We’ve already had an effect, if we keep going we can win.

Any questions? Email