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Privatise national museums

The tourism industry wants to privatize public museums. Amos Wekesa, CEO of Great Lakes Safaris, says “I think museums should be privatized… We have not tapped into culture yet there is so much potential. When we talk about culture, we mean mountains…”


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.”


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