Socialist Worker

New National Gallery boss could face indefinite strike

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2462

Strikers united against privatisation on budget day

Strikers united against privatisation on budget day (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers at the National Gallery in central London plan to walk out for three days every week until August, when they will hold a consultative ballot on an all-out strike.

The PCS union members are fighting gallery bosses’ plans to privatise staff and against the victimisation of union rep Candy Udwin.

They began the first of the 72-hour strikes on Tuesday of this week and were set to lobby a meeting of trustees on Thursday between 1-2pm at the gallery.

The next walkout is set for between Monday and Wednesday of next week—a lobby is planned outside an appeal hearing for Candy on Wednesday 22 July, 8-9am, at the gallery.

The appeal hearing was originally to be chaired by National Gallery director Nick Penny. But the gallery removed him as chair after an employment tribunal granted Candy interim relief last month.

The workers completed their 46th strike day when they struck on the day of the Tories’ budget last week and joined other strikers from Barnet and Bromley. 

PCS is urging trade unionists to do collections at work for the National Gallery strike fund this week. 

A new National Gallery director is expected to start in August. If he does not meet workers’ demands he could face an indefinite walkout. 

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