Socialist Worker

Tate workers build the resistance

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2721

Workers are on all-out strike

Workers are on all-out strike (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Workers on all out strike at the Tate Modern protested on London’s South Bank last Saturday after several of them were issued redundancy notices.

More than 300 people who work in the galleries’ gift shops and other services are expected to be made redundant. 

This is despite a £7 million government bailout. Meanwhile some of the Tate’s top bosses continue to earn £100,000 a year.

The workers’ PCS union is demanding that no one should be made redundant while anyone at the Tate earns £100,000 a year. 

It is also demanding that 10 percent of the bailout grant should go towards protecting jobs—and that if the money isn’t enough then the gallery should demand more.

Meanwhile, some 400 workers at the nearby Southbank centre also face the sack. Workers there are currently balloting to strike.

Institutions

Workers from the Tate and the Southbank were set to protest together on Saturday of this week.

PCS Culture group said, “The managers of these institutions—the arts themselves—have relied on a cheap, ‘casual’ workforce (the only ‘diverse’ workforce in the arts).

“Instead of joining workers’ and unions’ plea for adequate funding, millionaire appointees have behaved as expected—throwing workers to the wolves.

“Against this attack against regular peoples’ livelihoods—often, it seems, the only workers in the arts without ‘connections’, without ‘an in’—we ask that you march with us on Saturday 12th.

“This march will bring together union and branches from across the arts and wider labour movement.”

Donate to the strike fund at bit.ly/TateStrike. For solidarity details go to AgiTate on Facebook

Ballot result due over return to offices

Results of a consultative strike ballot by workers in the Department for Work and Pensions were yet to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.

Workers there are facing attempts by bosses to force them into unsafe working hours, including extending opening times to Saturdays and 8pm on weekdays.

The workers’ PCS union said, “The infection rate is still too high.

“Every day new local lockdowns are announced.

“It is wrong to play politics with people’s lives.

“PCS believes that the decision to extend services is a political decision byministers who want to look good.”


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