PCS members secure better terms and conditions, as well as reinstatement of sacked rep

PCS National Gallery strikersPCS members at the National Gallery are this morning returning to work with their heads held high after a successful 111-day strike campaign.

Although they failed to stop privatisation at the gallery, they secured the reinstatement of sacked rep Candy Udwin and protected terms and conditions for all workers.

A spokeperson said : “We could not have succeeded in winning the outcome that we have without your help on our picket lines, showing solidarity and raising funds to keep our strike going.

“Our action has achieved a number of very significant gains for gallery staff who transfer to work for Securitas.

“These include guarantees that terms and conditions for transferring staff cannot be changed without PCS agreement and that terms and conditions for newly recruited Securitas staff will be broadly comparable with those of existing gallery staff. There are also guarantees on rosters, staffing levels, health and safety and a number of other benefits.

“The Living Wage which was won during the course of the strike will continue to be paid and uprated on basic pay in future years with other allowances in addition.

“Unfortunately despite all of our best efforts and yours we have not stopped the private contract at National Gallery going ahead. However, the gallery have agreed to review the contract after one year.

“We will continue to campaign to reverse the privatisation and will help promote a national campaign to keep museums and galleries free, publicly owned and publicly run. We will keep you informed of the next steps.

 Thank you again for your fantastic solidarity. Out strike has shown that workers who stand up and fight will get support and can win. We hope that we will encourage others to do the same and our success will help build a national movement against cuts, privatisation and for an alternative to austerity.”

* You can donate to the hardship fund via PayPal or to Sort code 086001 Account no 20169002 or cheques to PCS Culture Media and Sport Association, c/o PCS North West Region, Jack Jones House,1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG

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