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Bromley UNITE library workers go out on strike over privatization

Bromley UNITE library workers go out on strike over privatization. “The council says that it will be making a decision on the library service's future sometime in May. Unite's firm view is that libraries are for the benefit of the public and should not be considered as a ripe source of profit for the private sector.”

Source: This Is Local London

Protest over claims firm has reneged on living wage pledge for gallery staff

Staffers charge that the National Gallery’s private, for-profit contractor is not honoring an agreement to pay a living wage. “Members of the Public and Commercial Services union working in the London gallery's visitor services staged a series of strikes in protest at the privatization of their jobs. The union claimed that more than a year after taking over the contract, private firm Securitas has ‘reneged’ on a pledge over the London living wage and is creating a two-tier workforce by ‘driving down’ pay and conditions. 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.”

Source: BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Privatization has added to the burden of public museum workers

Privatization has added to the burden of public museum workers. “When visitor services at the Imperial War Museum were privatized in 2014 we warned that handing them to a security firm with no museum experience would be a mistake. The company, Shield, has now gone bust and staff are still waiting for outstanding pension contributions. In the relatively short time the firm was in charge, our representatives raised numerous concerns about health and safety on HMS Belfast and security issues at the main Lambeth site. “At the National Gallery, where outsourcing of visitor services to Securitas triggered a high-profile dispute last year, workers wince at press reports that director Gabriele Finaldi thinks the privatization is “working rather well”. This is not the experience of staff who have been engaged in a six-month battle just to have seats provided during exhibitions and are still waiting for the commitment to pay them the living wage to be finalized. The same company has recently won a lucrative contract to supply zero-hour staff at the Tate and is trying to deny workers their collective trade union rights as part of our recognition agreement.”

Source: the Guardian