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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 May 2007

Picketing the Tate Modern

At the Tate Modern art gallery on London's Thames south bank, visitors from abroad viewed not modern art but a PCS union picket line instead. They were being introduced to a very angry group of mainly young workers who are normally seen by the visitors as gallery assistants (GA), there to guide the tourists from gallery to gallery.

Clifford, a 29 year old GA told me that he can hardly get by on his wages. "Half of my money goes on rent and council tax" he said, "it is hardly enough to get by with in central London, I have worked here for five years and we have had enough. When there are special exhibitions on we have to do even more work but we aren't paid any more.

"The latest thing is the plan by management to replace us with 'voluntary staff'. These are supposed to be people who know more about art than us but they work for nothing! It all comes down to the government treating civil servants like me with contempt".

Bill Mullins

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In The Socialist 3 May 2007:

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Scottish Elections: Labour rocked as SNP wins


Socialist Party election campaign

NHS cuts... privatisation... widening wealth gap

Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: A matter of life and death in Swansea

Fat cats eye the cream


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS: Fighting for jobs, pay and services

Picketing the Tate Modern


Socialist Party editorial

Widening wealth gap needs working-class response


Socialist Party election campaign

Packed election rally for Scotland's Solidarity

Irish election - Socialist Party takes on the establishment

New Labour panics and resorts to lies

Yorkshire ISR and Socialist Students day of action


Global Warming

Alternative energy: Winds of change?


Education

Stop these education cuts


Socialist Students

Campaign to Defeat Fees

Seattle students walkout against the Iraq war

Pressure mounts for troops withdrawal


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile


Comment

Women must have the right to choose!


Socialist Party news and analysis

What 'public-private partnerships really mean

Campaigning for LGBT rights

Oppose legal aid contracts tooth and nail


Socialist Party workplace news

Support the Sunvic strikers

Greenwich workers fight on

Remember the dead but fight for the living

The scandal of HSE cuts


 

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