Gallery bosses sack Candy

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The National Gallery in London has sacked leading PCS public service workers’ union rep Candy Udwin in a bitter fight over privatisation.

National Gallery bosses wanted to privatise 400 out of 600 jobs as part of its plans for the gallery.

In response the PCS union launched a campaign of strike action that won a number of concessions, including the living wage.

The strike left management with red faces. Now bosses want to take their revenge. They shipped in a union busting firm and targetted Candy.

Many figures rallied against her sacking, including Natalie Bennett, the Green Party leader, as well as a host of celebrities.

Candy told PCS conference last month, “I’m the first trade unionist to be sacked under this government — we know what they’ve got in store for us — I won’t be the last.

“If we can win, it won’t just be important to me and the people who work in the gallery, it will be the kind of win we need to wipe the smile off David Cameron’s face.”