Protest against mass redundancies at Southbank Centre

30 Jul 2020

Members will hold a joint demonstration on 1 August with National Theatre staff.

The Southbank Centre has announced that it intends to make 365 redundancies out of a total workforce of 577 people. The Southbank plans to mothball the site until 1 April 2021, despite the government's culture bailout.

As the largest arts centre in the UK, Southbank Centre includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery.  It consistently polls as one of the top 5 visited tourist attractions in the UK.

PCS has about 200 members at the Southbank, and Unite has about 200 more. PCS and Unite unions are working together very closely on this issue.

As part of our campaign to try to prevent these redundancies, the branch is holding a protest at the site on 1 August.  This coincides with a protest at the National Theatre, next door, which has announced the lay-off of 400 casual workers.

Meet from 10.30am outside the Southbank, ending at 1.30pm outside the National Theatre. Speakers will start from noon.

Please wear a face mask or covering and respect social distancing guidance.

The protest follows a well-attended demonstration at the Tate Modern on 27 July, where more than 200 PCS members are at risk of redundancy.

Messages of solidarity can be sent to Culturesector@pcs.org.uk.

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