Monday, 18 May 2015

How dare they sack Candy Udwin?

How dare they sack Candy Udwin?

The National Gallery have summarily dismissed Candy Udwin a week after the election of the Conservative government.  She has been sacked for carrying out her duties as a PCS representative and for opposing privatisation at the gallery. Candy has been speaking up for all of us. Now we have to stand up for her.

Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary tells the truth about Candy's case in a blog for The People's Assembly.

Watch the flash protest on the night Candy was sacked.

PCS members in the gallery voted to escalate our dispute if Candy was dismissed. The Gallery are also insisting on going ahead with the privatisation plans even though PCS have alternative proposals which would mean the privatisation is unnecessary. There will now be a further two weeks of strike action.

We are going to take the campaign to Gabriele Finaldi, the new Director, to ask if he really wants to see the gallery destroyed in this way.  Instead of sacking Candy and inflaming the dispute, managers should get back to talks to end the damage that they are doing to the gallery.


1)  Sign the statement to demand Candy's reinstatement.

2) Help us make this demonstration massive:
PCS has called a major national demonstration in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 30 May in support of our campaign against the privatisation. It will now also be a public rallying cry to call for Candy’s reinstatement. Please let us know if you can help publicise the demonstration or would like to know about transport from your area.
SAT 30 MAY 1pm Trafalgar Square
Join the Facebook event

3) Support our strikes
Wednesday 20 May followed by 10 further days of strikes: Tuesday 26 May-Thursday 4 June.   
Pickets 09-11am every day and 5-6.30pm on Fridays.

Please invite strikers to your area to build the campaign and support for the demonstration.

Please note your donation will go to the fund to support the campaign against privatisation at the National Gallery. This is not a donation to 38 Degrees.
Thank you to all of you who have supported us so far. Many of our members do not even earn the Living Wage so financial support is crucial for us to keep fighting.
And continue sharing our petition, we need to make it 50,000:




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