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National Gallery staff ballot for action against privatisation

STAFF at the world-renowned National Gallery in London are balloting on strike action, their union PCS revealed yesterday.

The union is resisting plans to outsource the museum’s staff.

Senior managers have also reneged on a promise to introduce the London living wage, meaning the institution is the only major museum or gallery in the capital that does not pay the living rate.

Private security company CIS was brought in last autumn to staff the gallery’s Rembrandt exhibition. Now the firm has been handed work in the Sainsbury wing, without any tender or consultation.

The ballot closes on January 23.

A day of action the privatisation plan takes place on Monday January 19, including a 6pm protest in Trafalgar Square.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This reckless sell-off plan risks damaging the worldwide reputation of what is one of the UK’s greatest cultural assets, and we are determined to stop it.”

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