PCS members remain defiant in long-running privatisation dispute

PCS members on strike at the National Gallery, February 2015. © Tim Lezard

PCS members on strike at the National Gallery, February 2015. © Tim Lezard

Workers at the National Gallery have announced a further ten days’ strike action.

The PCS members, who have already taken 35 days action over plans to privatise the gallery, will walk out again between June 20th and July 2nd.

The strikers had a boost last week when an interim Employment Tribunal ruled that rep Candy Udwin, suspended in February on the eve of the first strike after sharing information about the gallery’s privatisation with her union official, found it likely a full tribunal would rule her actions were legitimate and that it was unreasonable for the gallery to categorise it as gross misconduct.

This means, although the gallery has refused to re-instate her, Candy is back on the pay roll until her full hearing in October.

They received a further boost when the gallery agreed to pay staff the Living Wage.


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