Category Archives: CULTURE


As of January 2016 the V&A Museum will stop employing new museum staff directly. All new staff (from Gallery Assistants to Curators) will now be employed through the museum’s own trading company V&A Enterprises Ltd.

This ‘in-house’ backdoor privatisation is presented by the museum as a cost saving exercise and a consequence of declining budgets. Their savings will in effect be made by removing access for new staff to the Civil Service Pensions and Compensation Schemes as well as employing new starters on reduced terms & conditions (maternity & sick pay are especially affected), and preventing new staff’s access to union recognition and collective bargaining. The trade unions currently recognised by the V&A are: PCS, Prospect, & FDA. PCS created this petition.

Although the museum has committed to ‘review’ future union recognition in the Enterprises company; so far management have consistently refused to enter into negotiations with the unions over this matter, arguing that only new employees would be affected, not existing members of staff. However, this decision can only lead to a two-tier workforce, exacerbating inequalities between V&A staff and before long undermining the rights of the current workforce.

Sign the petition here

PCS Culture Manifesto

Our culture manifesto is organised around the following key demands:

  • A fully, publicly-funded cultural life for citizens
  • Defence of free admission
  • Opposition to privatisation of services
  • Work with management in developing “greening” the sector
  • Achieving the UK, London and Scottish Living Wage as a baseline salary
  • Widening engagement with staff through their trade unions
  • Defending terms and conditions and seeking improvements
  • Promote the embracing of an equalities agenda in the workplace
  • Promote learning within organisations to facilitate career development and personal growth
  • Raise the profile of health and safety in culture workplaces.

Read our manifesto.

Celebrating National Gallery strikes

Celebrating 111 days of strike action at National Gallery and the amazing solidarity we received.

(Thanks to Clara Paillard President PCS Culture sector for the slide show from Show Culture Some Love conference – and for much much more!!)

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