PCS members working at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square are involved in a serious dispute over the privatisation plans of their employer. The gallery, in pursuit of “flexibility”, has announced its intention to outsource 400 of its 600 staff. In addition, senior local PCS rep Candy Udwin was suspended by management on the eve of industrial last month. Before the latest strike – over the weekend of 14 and 15 March – the gallery’s solicitors sent a letter to PCS threatening legal and disciplinary action against those taking strike action.
The next five days of strike action will be on Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 March. Strikers will be taking their campaign to the prime minister to demand that he intervene to stop the formal tendering which the Gallery plan to start just two days before the general election.
As a demonstration of support for the strikers; and to show our opposition to the planned privatisation and unjustifiable suspension of Candy, PCS are asking activists and members to take part in demonstrations of solidarity on Thursday 26 March 2015 at 13:00. There are two demonstrations currently planned:
LIVERPOOL: The World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN
MANCHESTER: Peoples History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
If you cannot make the demonstrations, but would still like to take a solidarity selfie, a ‘Support PCS Strikers’ leaflet is linked below for you to print-off and use for your photograph.
In addition to the above activities, PCS are still encouraging members to continue to play their part in the wider campaign.
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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