Socialist Worker

National Gallery strikers raise £1,000 on People's Assembly protest

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2459

Candy Udwin (centre) about to address Saturday’s protest

Candy Udwin (centre) about to address Saturday’s protest (Pic: Socialist Worker )

Workers at the National Gallery in London began their latest ten-day walkout last Saturday by joining the People’s Assembly demonstration (see pages 10&11). 

The strikers raised approximately £1,000 and say the reception has boosted morale to fight bosses’ plans to privatise 400 out of 600 staff.

One told Socialist Worker, “It was great—we ran out of leaflets in the end. It was a real boost to see there was so much support for us.”

Strikers were set to lobby parliament from 3.15pm on Thursday of this week before a planned parliamentary debate on the dispute. And there was set to be a protest outside the gallery on Friday from 5pm, with a strike party at Temple Bar in the Strand after. They also plan to march with the trade union section on Pride in London this Saturday.

Strikers plan a day of action for 2 July, the day of sacked PCS rep Candy Udwin’s appeal hearing.

In August Gabriele Finaldi is due to take over as the gallery’s director. He has the power to stop the tendering process—and workers plan to pile on the pressure.

One told Socialist Worker, “What happened to Candy has fired people up. They think they can intimidate us, but they can’t.”

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