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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 October 2020

Tate strike suspended

Tate workers striking August 2020

Tate workers striking August 2020   (Click to enlarge)

After 42 days of industrial action by members of the PCS union against redundancies at the Tate gallery in London, the strike has been suspended.

It comes after several meetings which secured some improvements for members in a revised offer from management.

PCS says: "We are clear that the cuts across the arts and culture sector are a result of the direct failure of government. We, along with our sister unions, continue to fight for the future of our sector demanding the government fund our arts and culture institutions fairly, on behalf of workers and the public.

"We continue to oppose redundancies and fight for our members, across the culture sector. With redundancies announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Collections Trust, it has never been more important to join PCS.

"We would like to thank all those who supported our members during the strike."

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Massive testing 'glitch' caused by privatised fragmentation

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Equity 'Panto Parade' demands more support for arts workers

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Ikea day of action

York couriers' strike


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Spooks step up surveillance of left

Probation Service: 'angry, frustrated' staff need fighting lead


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International

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'Frozen conflict' reignites in Nagorno-Karabakh enclave

Germany: "Heroes" strike to demand a pay rise


Campaigns

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Free Siyanda Mngaza

Leicester: Don't let them close our hospital

Waltham Forest: Council picks over 60 sites for mass gentrification

Say no to finance capital-backed luxury tower block in Enfield

Socialist Party: Campaigning for the NHS

Final total: 73,586 raised - now let's do it again

Defend Bracknell Community Services


Readers' opinion

Film: 'Sick' - 'They've got people looking in the wrong direction'

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