VOTE ON ALL OUT STRIKE ACTION
PCS members are voting on all out strike action from August if the gallery has not agreed to halt their privatisation plans and to reinstate Candy Udwin. So we are asking our supporters for your continued support and solidarity!!
CELEBRATE 50 DAYS ON STRIKE
Next strike dates: MON – Picket
PCS members at National Gallery will celebrate 50 days of strike action 20th with a party on the picket line!
LOBBY APPEAL HEARING
On the eve of his retirement National Gallery Director has given press interviews saying staff should not be privatised!
“The recent strike over plans to contract out certain jobs was a “great sadness”, in part because he sympathised with the union case. “I would very much prefer to keep all the gallery assistants as part of the gallery, " he said. "If they're not, they don't feel part of the institution in the same way."
Recently knighted Sir Nicholas Penny has also stood down from chairing Candy Udwin’s appeal against dismissal following the Interim Relief Employment Tribunal found it likely she was unfairly dismissed for trade union activities. This means someone from outside the gallery who has not been mutually agreed by PCS will chair the hearing.
The appointment of new director, Gabriele Finaldi, has been delayed till August. PCS are calling on him to intervene now to help enable talks between the gallery and the union to resolve the dispute.
Ways you can help:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT
Please make a donation or do a collection next week if you can.
Collection sheet here https://ngnotforsale.files.
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Details of our strike fund are here https://ngnotforsale.
PREPARE TO STEP UP SUPPORT
It would be great if supporters could discuss how they could support escalated action by planning a speaking tour in your area or picking a day to provide support on the picket lines.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IS "VEXATIOUS"!
If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request you may have had a reply from the National Gallery stating your request was "vexatious" are therefore they are not complying. Please reply to the email stating that you do not believe that your request was vexatious but believe it is in the public interest and therefore you would like them to supply you with the information you have requested.
PETITION TOPS 45000 - LETS MAKE IT 50000!
Our petitioni has now topped 45,000. Please use this poster to share