No Privatisation at National Gallery

CP
Clara Paillard
Campaign created by
Clara Paillard
No Privatisation at National Gallery
134,637
of 200,000 signatures
National Gallery, London

To: National Gallery Trustees & the government

Join the Campaign to defend our museums and galleries and say no to privatisation at the National Gallery

We call for:
• The National Gallery to remain a public service and the privatisation to be halted.
• The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to review the running of the Gallery.

Why is this important?

The National Gallery has decided to privatise up to 400 of its 600 staff including those who look after security of the paintings, deal with the public and requests for information about the collection, complaints, school bookings and more.
This came just a week after Director Nicholas Penny announced his resignation. Ten senior managers at the Gallery have left, been made redundant or dismissed in the last two years. A temporary “Security Consultant” responsible for the privatisation used to work for G4S, the private security firm.
Only last November the Gallery Executive endorsed the view that privatisation could not guarantee quality of service and would not save money. Now they and the Board of Trustees have announced privatisation is the only option.
This petition is initiated by the PCS union (Culture Sector) and so far supported officially by the Peoples' Assembly, the Musicians' Union, Lost Arts, BECTU and SERTUC

How it will be delivered

PCS members working at the National Gallery will deliver the petition in person, supported by their colleagues from other museums & galleries. Also supporting are other public servants in PCS union, the People's Assembly, the Musicians' Union, BECTU, SERTUC and Lost Arts.
www.pcs.org.uk
www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk
www.lost-arts.org/
www.musiciansunion.org.uk
www.bectu.org.uk/
www.tuc.org.uk/southern-and-eastern


Reasons for signing

  • Ian B. 2016-06-29 10:18:20 +0100
    Ask the question who's going to benefit - it certainly won't be the taxpayer or the citizens who ultimately own much of the art. Next thing will be the sell off of 'a limited number of lesser artworks to secure the future ...'; think it won't happen? The Detroit Institute of Arts faced this: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/arts/design/in-detroit-a-case-of-selling-art-and-selling-out.html?_r=0
  • Robert D. 2016-05-27 04:30:45 +0100
    Art, Education, Culture are part of British history and should not be sold off to make private profits.
  • H R. 2016-02-10 19:21:36 +0000
    Too precious a resource to only be accessible to those who can afford to pay.

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