To: National Gallery Trustees & the government

No Privatisation at National Gallery

We did not stop the privatisation as it was an ideological choice made by the Trustees and the government as part of their austerity programme. But the campaign secured a number of victories for museum workers after 111 days of strike action and massive support from all over the country. A deal was agreed between PCS union and the National Gallery: London Living Wage to be paid, sacked union rep reinstated, guarantee over contracts for existing and new workers agreed. The PCS Culture Group that organised the campaign will continue their work to stop and reverse privatisations in all our museums and galleries.

No Privatisation at National Gallery

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

National Gallery, London

Reasons for signing

  • Save public sector jobs!!
  • Privatisation never works. Look at the difference between English and Scottish water. English prices are soaring and maintenance is being left undone so the companies can maximise profit, while in Scotland infrastructure is looked after and any rising costs are nowhere near what they are in England because they are not profit driven.
  • 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

Updates

2015-08-18 12:40:49 +0100

100,000 signatures reached

2015-08-12 13:14:47 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2014-10-15 19:07:28 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2014-10-15 06:12:35 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2014-08-22 15:21:56 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2014-07-22 09:28:49 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-07-10 19:22:12 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-07-08 22:19:45 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-07-08 19:05:56 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-07-08 18:07:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-07-08 17:30:31 +0100

10 signatures reached