Workers at the Tate have voted to take strike action to stop job losses and fight for the future of an iconic cultural institution, PCS announced today.
Following a high turnout in the strike ballot, more than 100 PCS members could strike in the next few weeks, unless Tate management pledges to protect more than 200 jobs at risk of redundancy.
Tate Enterprises, which operates retail, catering and publishing services across the four galleries in London, Liverpool and St Ives, notified staff in mid-June of restructuring plans aimed at saving £1 million this financial year.
Despite ministers announcing £1.57 billion funding for the culture sector, £7m earmarked for the Tate, management is pushing ahead with unnecessary and damaging staff cuts which will greatly hinder the galleries from providing a unique cultural service.
Reacting to the ballot result which saw an 88% yes vote, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This is a fantastic result and shows the determination of our members to see jobs saved at the Tate.
“Tate management need to recognise the strength of feeling amongst staff who face the prospect of unemployment.
“It cannot be right that the Tate receives millions of pounds in support, only to try to cut more than 200 jobs.
“The union will support members all the way to get a just settlement, no matter how long it takes.”
Strike action is due to begin in the week commencing 17 August.
The turnout in the ballot was 79.3% with a 'yes' vote of 88.6%.