Thursday, October 19, 2006

Support National Gallery strikers!


Congratulations to PCS members at the National Gallery who took strike action yesterday.

Staff are angry about management's plans to impose changes to contracts including withdrawing the three days holiday they receive in exchange for working Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and replacing this with two days unpaid leave.

The warders, who protect one of the finest collections of paintings in the world, are among the lowest paid in the culture sector, earning as little as £13,562 a year with many earning a basic rate of pay of just over £6 an hour.

While they are preserving the nation’s treasures they are hardly treasured themselves!

As part of their continuing campaign the staff will be staging walkouts every Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm, so those of us who work nearby in Central London should be able to get along and show some support!

If anyone doubts the importance of looking after art treasures properly have a look at today’s news…!

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