On Valentine's Day show culture some love on culture sector day of action

13 Feb 2017
PCS members working in the arts and culture sector have helped to organise a joint union Valentine's Day walking tour in London as part of HeartUnions Week.

Union members working within the arts and culture Sector will take part in a walking tour as a part of the TUC's HeartUnions Week (8-14 February).

Meet at the BBC, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA at 11am and the tour will pass by TUC Congress House and Equity HQ before moving on to a number of arts and culture venues from noon to 2pm, including:

  • Curzon Soho
  • Picturehouse Central
  • National Gallery
  • English National Opera
  • Royal Festival Hall
  • BFI
  • National Theatre
  • ITV
  • Tate Modern
  • Globe Theatre.

At each institution the walkers will stage a range of actions which will highlight the important issues for union members in the arts and culture sector.

The walk will end on the Southbank at about 2pm.

The walk will coincide with a protest outside Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery from 1.15pm.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Our cultural heritage is under attack from Tory cuts and privatisation. Instead of opening up our museums to private security firms to run down conditions, the government should be investing in the arts and the staff who work in them."

You can also get involved by sending in selfies to the Show Culture Some Love Facebook page. This could be with your favourite CD, book or DVD – or outside centres of culture such as a museum, a gallery, a theatre or a library.

HeartUnions was first launched in 2016 as a celebration of the positive impact trade unions have had in the UK. In addition to the Big Workplace Meeting taking place on Thursday 9 February hosted by the TUC there will be a number of other events across the UK. Visit the Heart Unions website for resources to run your own event or search #heartunions on Twitter to see how other union members are getting involved.

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