Union strikers at National Gallery

London’s National Gallery Labor Strike Escalates

The entire group of union workers currently employed at the National Gallery in London are set to renew their strike this August, according to Sarah Cascone at Artnet. This comes after several other recent periods of labor dispute at the venerable British institution, all over the management’s plans to privatize visitor services at the museum. The Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents the workers who will be participating, has told the museum of its intentions to strike on August 4, 5, 6, 12, and 17.

The plan at the heart of the dispute would replace hundreds of union workers in security and visitor services at the museum with privately sourced employees. The union is also still fighting the suspension of one of their representatives, Candy Udwin. Nicholas Penny, the previous director at the gallery, approved the proposed switch of labor sources.