Walkouts this Saturday and Sunday, and from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 March, are the third period of extended strike action in two months.
On Saturday we will take part in a conference bringing together unions and campaigners for the arts.
In February we submitted formal proposals to director Nicholas Penny and chair of trustees Mark Getty for changes to rotas and flexible working that would avoid the planned sell-off of all the gallery’s visitor services.
Gallery bosses have rejected our request that the document forms part of ongoing negotiations at the conciliation service Acas.
The gallery plans to privatise the work of 400 of its 600 staff. No other major museum or gallery has outsourced its visitor services in this way.
The dispute was inflamed when our senior rep Candy Udwin, who is involved in the Acas talks, was suspended on the eve of the first strike.
Our general secretary Mark Serwotka said it was “very disappointing” that senior managers appear unwilling to discuss our plans, adding: “This privatisation risks undermining the gallery’s well earned reputation as one of our country’s greatest cultural assets.”
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 and Facebook page.
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