National Gallery Privatisation Strike – protest

National Gallery Strike no privatisation
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National Gallery Strike – it could happen again

The Public and Commercial Services, PCS, union says its prepared to take further strike action if no agreement is reached with the management of the National Gallery.  About 250 staff walked out on Tuesday February 3 following a row over privatisation and the dismissal of senior staff member and negotiator Candy Unwin.  She was accused of breaching confidentiality.

The workers picketed the Gallery in Trafalgar Square for 5 days.  The National Gallery has ‘temporarily’ taken on a private company, CIS.  They want to employ them    to provide services for visitors, because they say changes are necessary and “essential” for its future.

The PCS says it is reckless and risks damaging the reputation of one of the country’s greatest cultural assets.  A special public meeting is planned in the House of Commons Tuesday February 10 @6.30pm.

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