20 Days Remaining

Monday 13th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

WORKERS at London’s internationally renowned National Gallery will protest tonight after a contractor reneged on a pledge to pay them the living wage.

Members of Civil Service union PCS staged 111 days of strike action in 2015 when bosses handed a contract to run visitor services to privateer Securitas.

The work was previously done by directly employed staff. Their jobs were transferred to the privateer.

Strike action ended when Securitas agreed it would not drive down pay and conditions, that new staff would have “comparable terms” to other staff and that they would receive the London living wage.

PCS claims Securitas has ditched its pledge and is creating a two-tier workforce.

New staff have worse sick pay, worse holiday entitlement, less maternity leave and pay and do not receive overtime rates or weekend enhancements

Securitas has also failed to consult PCS and the workforce over issues such as disciplinary and grievance procedures, sickness and special leave, and has imposed new policies without consultation, the union claims.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The only thing Securitas is living up to is our prediction about what this sell-off would mean.

“It is outrageous that more than a year on, the company is refusing to honour its commitment on the living wage, and is creating a two-tier workforce and driving down pay and conditions.”

The protest is 6pm-7pm at the National Gallery tonight.