Staff at a London's National Gallery are to begin 10-days of striking in the latest escalation of a long-running dispute over privatisation. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at the National Gallery will walk out for 10 days from the start of the half-term holidays on Tuesday.
There have been 24 days of strikes since February over plans to privatise services but this will be the longest period of action so far. The dispute worsened when union rep Candy Udwin was suspended before the first strike and subsequently sacked.
Labour MP John McDonnell plans to raise her dismissal, and the privatisation, in the Commons. A rally will be held in Trafalgar Square - close to the National Gallery - on May 30.
Thousands of school-children have had visits to the gallery cancelled because of the industrial action.
National Gallery workers who are members of the Public & Commercial Services Union conclude seven days of strike action today.
The walkout started on 14th-15th March and continued 24th-28th March following two periods of five-day walkouts in February.
They are in dispute over the privatisation of services after voting in favour of industrial action in a ballot in January
Workers at The National Gallery begin a second 5-day period of strike action today.
Members of the Public & Commercial Services Union are in dispute over the privatisation of services after voting in favour of industrial action in a ballot in January.
Staff at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square have voted to go on strike in a row over the privatisation of services. The Public and Commercial Services union have said its members at the gallery supported industrial action by more than nine to one. The union warned walkouts were likely because of the opposition to privatising services such as security.
The capital's museums and galleries had record-breaking visitor numbers this summer.
Many of the attractions had their highest-ever monthly total in August this year - despite the warm weather which would usually keep people away while they enjoy the sun.
The Imperial War Museum welcomed more than 250,000 visitors as it helped to mark the centenary of the First World War.
And the National Gallery saw 681,000 pass through its doors - more than 100,000 above last August's figure.
The Director of the National Gallery, Dr Nicholas Penny has thanked the Van Gogh Museum for the unprecedented loan of a sunflower painting.
'This exhibition is designed to help those for whom the paintings by Van Gogh are compelling images to understand how they were made - and made again - and out of what materials' he said.
'It will deepen every visitor's appreciation of the artist. We are very grateful to the Van Gogh Museum for making this possible.'
Vincent Van Gogh started painting pictures of sunflowers in 1888 when he left Paris to live in the South of France.
He invited the artist Paul Gauguin to stay with him in a house he rented and painted the sunflowers which had been left in Gaugin's bedroom.
The five paintings he completed now reside in collections around the world in;
Two paintings of sunflowers by the post impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh have gone on display at the National Gallery.
The paintings have been reunited for the first time in 65 years after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam agreed to lend their painting to the Trafalagar Square gallery.