National Gallery staff strike over privatisation come to an end

National Gallery, London Photo: Mike Peel

After prolonged strike action, staff members of London’s National Gallery have reached a deal and are returning to work, BBC News reports. Since February, the workers have staged multiple labour protests against the museum’s plan to privatise some of its visitor and security services, before entering an indefinite strike on 11 August.

The £40m privatisation contract with Securitas will still come into effect as of November, but the settlement has included protection of terms and conditions and a return to work for the union's local official, Candy Udwin. Employees will also be paid the London living wage.

5 October 2015.