Some 50 National Gallery strikers and supporters held a rally in solidarity with victimised union rep Candy Udwin today, Tuesday. The rally was held to support Candy on the first day of her disciplinary hearing.
PCS union members at the gallery are fighting plans to privatise 400 out of 600 jobs at the gallery, as well as attacks on trade union rights.
Bosses suspended Candy on the eve of their first five-day strike in January.
Candy told the rally, “The people I would really like to thank the most are the people at the National Gallery. Your support and your solidarity is what keeps me going.
“We’ve done such a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances. The National Gallery thought that attacking our union in the way that they have was going to stop us from fighting – it didn’t work”.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka was also at the rally. He said, “There can be no settlement to this strike without a just settlement for Candy, which means the charges are dropped and she is allowed back at work.
“If Candy is sacked then we will take industrial action. And we will mean that action, until she is allowed back at work.”
Serwotka also reiterated the PCS’ call for thousands of people to join a national demonstration against the privatisation.
The demonstration is set to take place in Trafalgar Square, central London, on 30 May.