Support the National Gallery strikers – North West protests on 26 March

_80572794_nationalgallery1_paPCS 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

Supporters will be encouraged to take a ‘solidarity selfie‘ on the day, and then post the photograph on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #NoPrivatisation and #ReinstateCandy.

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:

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