Strike action statement

Regrettably, the National Gallery is being affected by ongoing strike action, held by the PCS union who oppose our ongoing modernisation programme.

The National Gallery is a public asset and we have a duty to ensure the collection and the Gallery itself is accessible as much as possible to as many people as possible. We take this task seriously and our ongoing modernisation programme is designed to encourage a broader (and younger) audience to access the wealth of cultural inspiration the National Gallery has to offer. In particular, we have ambitious plans to extend further our education programme and public events.

To allow these plans to be implemented the National Gallery needs to introduce new working practices for some visitor-facing and security staff to enable the National Gallery to operate more flexibly. There will be no job cuts and terms and conditions will be protected.

The National Gallery believes the proposed changes are essential to enable us to operate more flexibly, therefore we have appointed Securitas as our partner to manage some visitor-facing and security staff services.

In addition, the National Gallery has announced it will pay the London Living Wage.