PCS rep Candy Udwin finally hears her case after being suspended on eve of strike

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

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

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka and film director Ken Loach will today speak at a protest outside the National Gallery as a senior union rep faces a disciplinary hearing.

Candy Udwin was suspended and threatened with dismissal on February 2nd, on the eve of the union’s first strike against the planned privatisation of all the gallery’s visitor services. Workers there have now taken 23 days of industrial action and are considering more.

Today Candy finally hears the case against her, and a solidarity protest will be held outside from 9am to 10am. Almost 10,000 people have added their names to a statement calling for her to be reinstated. You can sign it here.

Artists Grayson Perry, Mark Wallinger, Ryan Gander and Peter Kennard have signed a separate letter calling for a halt to the privatisation plan.

The union is planning a national demonstration against the sell-off on Saturday, May 30th in Trafalgar Square.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Not only is the National Gallery’s sell-off plan reckless and unnecessary, its treatment of Candy Udwin is shameful. It was a clearly calculated move to try to undermine our union but it has failed because the public support for our campaign has been overwhelming.”

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