Despite the rain dozens of PCS members, joined by trade unionists from across London, protested the reopening of Tate Modern this morning over plans to cut more than 200 jobs.
The socially-distanced protest, one of a series of actions taken by PCS, is part of the growing dispute over job losses at Tate Enterprise, where more than 200 members are at risk of redundancy, across the most diverse teams at the Tate. Our Tate members are currently being balloted for strike action over the plans.
The protest, scheduled to coincide with for the galleries reopening highlighted to visitors the huge job losses at both the Tate and other cultural institutions, such as the Southbank Centre and Historic Royal Palaces and the National Theatre.
The government’s investment of £1.57 billion into the culture sector, of which Tate is expecting to receive £7million is of course welcome, however it is clear, with the scale of the redundancies across the sector, in spite of the package, that the government announcement falls woefully short of the needs of the sector. We are determined, however, that whatever money is made available must be used to safeguard jobs and protect those staff that make our cultural institutions some of the most successful in the world. We are asking the Tate for an investment of just 10% of the additional money to save hundreds of jobs at Tate Enterprise, protect the poorest-paid staff, and invest in their most diverse teams.
The crowds in long queues waiting to enter the gallery watched and on occasion cheered as messages of solidarity were read out to members fighting for their jobs.
If you were unable to attend in person, but wish to send messages of support email Culturesector@pcs.org.uk