Thursday, 11 September 2014

PCS Campaign at the National Gallery

Sue Tibbles via 

5:58 PM (4 hours ago)

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From: Darren Lewis <>
Date: 11 September 2014 16:01
Subject: PCS Campaign at the National Gallery

  PCS members at the National Gallery have received a welcome boost to
their campaign to stop visitor services from being privatised. Senior
management announced in July that they were considering bringing in a
private company to take control of staff working as gallery assistants and
security guards. PCS immediately called for these plans to be withdrawn.
The union also signalled that it would be prepared to engage in talks about
extended opening hours.

These demands were backed up by a wide-ranging campaign – including a
petition and the threat of industrial action – with 98.5% of members voting
supporting the call. In a welcome development, this helped to persuade
management not only to agree to enter talks but also to suspend the
privatisation plans whilst discussions are ongoing.

Both the Branch and the PCS Culture Sector Executive Committee have asked
SERTUC and its Creative & Leisure Industries Committee (CLIC) to maintain
the momentum by encouraging affiliates to support the on-line PCS petition.
To date, it has received over 7,000 signatures. You can add your name here:

If you would like more information about the activities of CLIC,

please email Jo Williams (

or Tom Taylor (CLIC, Secretary) (

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