Socialist Worker

Vanquish the National Gallery union-busters

Issue No. 2457

Protesters in the gallery supporting Candy Udwin

Protesters in the gallery supporting Candy Udwin (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers at the National Gallery have called their 35th strike day for Thursday of this week.

They are fighting the privatisation of 400 out of 600 jobs—and the sacking of their PCS union rep Candy Udwin.

They plan to step up their action with an all-day picket. Strikers and supporters will hold a national day of action for Candy, rallying outside the gallery in Trafalgar Square from 1-2pm. 

Workers are calling on incoming gallery director Gabriele Finaldi and new chair of trustees Hannah Rothschild to intervene. 

Video of the protest and the lecture

But as one worker told Socialist Worker, “We must keep up the pressure with strikes and direct action. We cannot de-escalate now and wait until Finaldi takes over in August.”

Supporters protested in the gallery’s Sainsbury wing last Friday, with a talk comparing the dispute to Bartolome Bermejo’s painting Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil.

Chants of “privatisation, no way” broke out as they held up signs calling for Candy’s reinstatement. 

Security tried to escort visitors away, but some stayed to applaud.

Hold a collection this Thursday to donate to the fighting fund. Details of how you can donate or invite strikers to speak at


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