* Tell British Museum it is time to talk * Bring staff back in house * Protect our jobs, pensions, terms & conditions * End privatisation
The collapse of Carillion in January putting at threat 20,000 jobs many providing public services has proved right all those who argued that privatisation isn't working! It is tax payers who have paid for the millions that go in profits to these multinationals in our public services, and it is us who has to pick up the bill when they go bust.
Five years ago staff at British Museum took action to protest against being privatised. Carillion was the company that took over now leaving them high and dry!
Since the bankruptcy was announced staff are still keeping the museum services going. But no one can guarantee their jobs, their terms & conditions or their future.
New Director Hartwig Fischer has said he can’t meet staff or unions. But Councils round the country have agreed to bring services provided by Carillion back in-house to keep them running.
It is now urgent the British Museum at least meet to discuss our future. Many staff have worked here for 20 years and the museum can’t function without them. PCS are demanding an immediate meeting with the Director and urgent talks to protect staff and to bring them back in house.
Since the public meeting in January and our followup meeting in February, we've been forging ahead on this, working with residents in three estates to see what can be won, and getting some national attention on the fact that thousands of people are now freezing without insulation or cladding on their high-rise blocks, while others are still living in danger. We've gathered a lot of really damning information about how the government, developers, and manufacturers -- and in particular the plastics industry -- have put residents at risk, and have put together a dynamite factsheet that will be a very useful tool; we have shared it with MPs and others before, and at, a parliamentary debate.
Our position is: Central government, not residents, caused this national disaster, and central government, not residents, should pay to deal with it, and ensure that people can keep warm and dry, and cladding is replaced without delay.
At this meeting -- our regular monthly meeting postponed from 1 March because too many people couldn't make it in the snow -- we will present some of this information, before discussing demands, strategy, and next steps in this campaign, and how to build on our heightened media presence -- since last time, Radio London, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Channel 5 News, and ITN news (still to be broadcast), in addition to Vice and our letter in the Guardian on cladding.
Your input would be very welcome! If anyone can come from an estate affected by these or similar issues, you will have time to go into a bit more detail about your situation.
There's also a lot more happening, on District Heating, energy prices and caps, our Mini-Guide, casework, the Mayor's London Plan, fracking, divesting from fossil fuels . . . please keep urgent reports to a couple of minutes. Some reports can carry over to the following meeting -- 5 April in Stockwell to allow more time to work out our strategy on cladding and insulation, and to discuss some ideas on how to bring in more people who can help with FPA's work on a weekly basis, and also to get funding for it!