Workers Launch Indefinite Strike at National Gallery in London

About 200 staff members at the National Gallery in London went on an indefinite strike today, according to Christopher D. Shea in the New York Times. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union are protesting gallery’s plans to turn to private companies for some of its services.

Though the union had planned a strike for late August—timing it to the first day of the museum’s new director, Gabriele Finaldi—the strike was moved up by a week after the gallery disclosed last month that it would hire the private firm Securitas to run security and visitor services. Mark Serwotka, the union’s general secretary, called that decision a “clearly timed act of provocation.”