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British Museum workers walk out again over outsourcing

Published Tue 6 Nov 2012
Issue No. 2328

On the British Museum picket line  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

On the British Museum picket line (Pic: Guy Smallman)


British Museum workers in London struck on Monday of this week against plans to outsource them to a private company. All unions at the museum, PCS, Unite, Prospect and FDA, took part.

The action followed a successful strike the previous week. Martin, a PCS rep told Socialist Worker, “We face being TUPE-d [transferred] to a contract company—Carillion.

“Workers are petrified they’ll lose their jobs or terms and conditions. But people felt positive after our first strike—lots more are joining today’s strike.”

Another striker, Maria, added, “We don’t deserve to be treated like this after so many years.”

John Tattoo, a Unite striker, said, “The Tories want everything privatised. We signed up to work for a museum in the public sector—not Carillion.”

Send messages of support to myeahya@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk and dmeyler@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk


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Tue 6 Nov 2012, 17:54 GMT
Issue No. 2328
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