The gallery has told 400 of its 600 staff they are to be taken over by private company, CIS. Our members are responsible for the security of the paintings and the public and look after the millions of visitors to the world renowned institution. The National Gallery is the only major museum that does not pay the London Living Wage of £9.15.
Following a successful 5-day strike earlier this month there was a public meeting in parliament on 10 February to discuss the campaign.
Thousands against privatisation
More than 40,000 people have signed our petition and supported our campaign to halt the privatisation.
The gallery has brought in CIS to ‘temporarily’ take over services in a third of the gallery at the additional cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money. Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee revealed recently CIS had been drafted in “to give the gallery staff a fright“.
On the eve of the first 5-day strike, gallery bosses suspended Candy Udwin, one of our senior reps who is involved in ongoing talks at Acas, for drafting a question about the cost of CIS for the PCS negotiating officer. More than 8,500 people have already signed a statement condemning this victimisation and calling for her reinstatement.
Show your support on picket lines outside the gallery from 9-11am, 22-26 February. There is also a rally on 26 February from 1-1.30pm, followed by a march.
How you can help:
- Donate to our strike fund. Use Sort code: 08/60/01 Account No: 20169002 or cheques to: PCS Culture Media and Sport Association, c/o PCS North West Region, Jack Jones House,1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG.
- Write to the chair of the gallery trustees Mark Getty.
- Ask your MP to support the campaign and back EDM 300 and 796. Email your MP.
- Sign and share our petition against privatisation.
- Demand Candy Udwin’s reinstatement. Sign and share the statement.
- Download the day of action poster and share your selfie
- Join the campaign mailing list or Facebook page.
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