Sacked rep reinstated and jobs protected after 100-day PCS strike

PCS members on strike at the National Gallery, 2014 © Tim Lezard

PCS members on strike at the National Gallery, 2014 © Tim Lezard

PCS members at the National Gallery will on Monday return to work after their 100-day strike appears to have resolved.

Although they have been unable to prevent the privatisation of the gallery’s visitor services staff, the union has reached an agreement with the gallery and contractor Securitas that would mean protection of terms and conditions and a return to work for sacked senior rep Candy Udwin.

Strike action is being suspended pending ministerial approval and a ballot of members over the deal, which also includes union recognition with the company and the London Living Wage.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement and on behalf of the union I would like to pay particular tribute to Candy, who is looking forward to returning to the job she loves, and to all our members at the gallery.

“We still do not believe privatisation was necessary but we will work with the new company and the gallery to ensure a smooth transition and, importantly, to ensure standards are maintained at this world-renowned institution.”

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