PCS holds outsourcing demo outside British Museum

PCS members are today protesting outside the British Museum in support of workers employed by collapsed multinational Carillion.

The union is calling for urgent talks with museum management and calling for the workers’ jobs, pensions, terms and conditions to be protected and for their jobs to be brought back in-house.

Many of the staff who keep the museum running, who have worked at the museum for many years and long before the decision 5 years ago to contract them out to Carillion, have been left in limbo. Now they are being paid by the receivers and face an uncertain future.

A PCS spokesperson said: “We believe the best way to safeguard the services we provide is to bring staff back in-house and we would like to discuss ways this could be done. Other public service bodies have agreed to bring services provided by Carillion back in-house.

“Five years ago we took action to protest against services being privatised. We think we have been proved right and that privatisation isn’t working. Taxpayers pay the profits of these multinationals and then we pick up the bill when they go bust.

“We are not even being kept informed by the museum of the possibility that a private company may take over support services on an interim basis. We want to discuss guarantees that our members’ jobs and terms and conditions will be protected and that their pensions will be made good.

“It is not right that our members should be kept in the dark. They have the right to be treated with decency, even if the museum decided to contract them out to a private company like Carillion.”

* The protest takes place outside the British Museum in Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

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