Today, members of the UK’s Public and Commercial Services Union commenced “indefinite strike action” at London’s National Gallery in a protest against the museum’s ongoing privatization plans.
LONDON — On February 4 from 9 to 11 am the National Gallery of London witnessed the second episode in a five-day strike by museum staff and members of the Public and Commercial Services Union
On Monday, the National Gallery of London transferred security services for its Sainsbury Wing over to the private security company CIS. The move is the latest in a bitter dispute over the privatization of a huge number of jobs at the museum: 400 of 600 positions, or two-thirds of the museum’s entire staff.
Last summer, we made the analogy that selling Detroit Institute of Arts masterpieces would be like asking Greece to sell the Parthenon to help cover its debt. Thankfully that hasn’t come to pass, but a couple of buildings considered “architectural gems” have been put on the privatization list, the Guardian reports.