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Protest at National Gallery against sacking of PCS rep Candy Udwin

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2453

Protesters in the National Gallery demand that Candy is reinstated

Protesters in the National Gallery demand that Candy is reinstated (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Some 50 protesters demonstrated in support of sacked PCS union activist Candy Udwin at the Sainsbury's wing of the National Gallery in central London this evening, Friday.

They held placards that said "Privatisation no way" and chanted reinstate Candy.

Candy received formal notification of the National Gallery bosses’ decision to sack her today, Friday. It follows a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday of this week.

They suspended Candy in January on the eve of the gallery workers’ first five day walkout against privatisation.

Around 50 gallery workers and their supporters held a protest in support of Candy outside the gallery that morning.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told Tuesday's protest, “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 action, until she is allowed back at work.”

The gallery workers are now set hold a one-day walkout on Wednesday of next week.

They’re also set to be a strike from 26 May to 4 June, and PCS has called a national protest in Trafalgar Square, central London, for 30 May.

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Make donations to the strike fund to sort code 08/60/01 and account no 20169002.
Cheques to PCS Culture Media and Sport Association, c/o PCS North West Region, Jack Jones House, 1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG
Protesters marched through the Sainsbury Wing calling for PCS rep Candy Udwins reinstatement

Protesters marched through the Sainsbury Wing calling for PCS rep Candy Udwin's reinstatement (Pic: Guy Smallman)


 


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