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.
A PCS Union spokesman said: