HOW OUR STRIKE STARTED IN PICTURES AND WORDS
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Story of the first 17 days of strike action. For more recent updates see https://www.facebook.com/nonationalgalleryprivatisation?fref=ts
The 26 March day of action saw demonstrations in support of our campaign against privatisation in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff as well as solidarity action in Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield.
Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for our strike fund. See all the support here https://ngnotforsale.wordpress.com/support
John Hendy QC joined us in parliament as we launched the https://www.pcs.org.uk/peoplesinquiry into the National Gallery . Film maker Ken Loach spoke at our rally https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk6p6q14nvA and Russell Brand showed his support.
In the Guardian Polly Toynbee congratulated Gabriele Finaldi on his appointment http://gu.com/p/46nac/sbl and was one of those who called on him to intervene now to cancel the privatisation plans.
National Gallery a National Election issue
There has been an important step in the political campaign too. The Labour Party have issued a statement calling for talks to resume to end the dispute and calling for the Gallery Trustees to ensure that all staff are paid the Living Wage. The Green Party have called for the Gallery to put tendering on hold until after the election.
Call for a moratorium
The National Gallery plan to put services out to tender just two days before the General Election. But since parties that could be elected to office have called for talks in the dispute and for Trustees to ensure the living wage these proposals have now become an election issue.
PCS is calling for a moratorium to halt the plans and believes a new government should have a chance to review the proposals as should a new director.
Public meeting 10 February Public meeting in Parliament
Not the Crown Jewels Alternative staff exhibition December 2014
Staff summer party after privatisation first announced July 2014 Its black and white