Union Votes To Suspend London’s National Gallery Strike

Demonstraters outside the National Gallery this September. THE INDEPENDENT

Demonstrators outside the National Gallery this September.


The Independent reports today that after over 100 days of a striking, the National Gallery has come to terms with its staff over the privatization of some of the institution’s services, centered around a contract with the security group Securitas.

Although the contract remains, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union have voted unanimously to suspend the strike—which started August 11 and has seen a 35 percent drop in visitors versus the year prior—and return to work. The end of the strike will additionally see the re-instatement of senior union representative of the gallery Candy Udwin, who was dismissed in May.

According to the Independent, the union stated that it “regretted” that the contract will be signed in November, but was “pleased” that the gallery and the private contractor had agreed to preserve certain terms and conditions.

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