New auction jobs contract goes to the lowest bidder

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Trade unionists in London are being asked this morning to support their counterparts in the United States.

Sotheby’s in New York has ‘locked out’ without pay 43 professional art handlers. Their union, the Teamsters, has asked the TUC in Britain to highlight the plight that these workers are wrongly suffering.

Sotheby’s made record profits in the second quarter of 2011, contributing to a profit of more than 680 million dollars last year.

The art handlers have been ‘locked out’ because their union agreement has expired and Sotheby’s wishes to impose upon them a pay cut, worse terms and conditions and job losses. Negotiations are ongoing between Sotheby’s and the workers’ union but meanwhile the company has chosen to ‘lock out’ the 43 workers.

As a gesture of support unions in London have organised a small protest outside Sotheby’s for an hour, 10.00am – 11.00am, Wednesday 14 September. The intention is to leaflet those attending the scheduled auction of ‘Finest and Rare Wines’.

The protestors’ aim is to urge Sotheby’s to negotiate in good faith and to re-instate the ‘locked out’ workers on their original terms and conditions whilst negotiations continue.

Demonstrators are being asked to meet at 10am on Tuesday, 14th September outside Sotherby’s Auction House at 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA.


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