PCS sets up petition for the re-instatement of Candy Udwin who, it says, is victims of a “disproportionate act of unfathomable bad faith”

PCS National GalleryA senior union rep at the National Gallery has been suspended as her members begin their second days’ strike action.

Candy Udwin, who was part of the PCS negotiating team in talks at ACAS on Friday, has been accused of breaching commercial confidentiality by sharing a document with her full time union official – which included information about the costs of using a private company – and asking him to take up the matter with gallery management.

The union, which remains committed to talks at ACAS, believes its reps have a legitimate right to ask officials to raise these questions on what is a matter of strong public interest.

It has described the suspension as “disproportionate act of unfathomable bad faith”, and has set up a petition calling for her reinstatement.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This dispute and the sell-off plan are putting the global reputation of the National Gallery at risk.

“Suspending one of our senior reps on the eve of our strike is a disproportionate act of unfathomable bad faith and not only should she be reinstated immediately, the gallery must commit itself to full and proper negotiations.”

Workers at the National Gallery are taking action over plans to hand all visitor services to a private company.

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