The PCS Culture group will hold a day of online action on 8 July stepping up our campaign demanding emergency funding to avert the crisis in the culture sector.
The culture sector across the UK is approaching a point of crisis. The impacts of Covid-19 on the sector have been dramatic, with institutions all over the country being forced to close for what would otherwise have been some of their busiest times.
PCS continues to press the Department of Digital Media and Sport to provide the additional funding that the sector so desperately needs. But so far, except platitudes in the press, the government has made no meaningful commitment to the sector. The reality of this means that our cultural organizations must now be prepared to use their, sometimes massive, financial reserves to protect jobs and terms across the sector during the Covid-19 recovery.
Sadly our calls to save our sector have not been heeded and we are now seeing the first large scale redundancies in the sector, with workers at institutions such as the Tate, National Gallery, Southbank Centre, the Historic Royal Palaces and even the Royal Household.
To help us in our calls to protect our culture and heritage workers PCS is holding an online day of action on Wednesday 8 July,via Facebook Live, where we will bring attention to the crisis in culture, and our culture group page will be taken over by those workers whose future employment is at risk, so you can hear from them directly.
Our Twitter will be taken over by workers at the following places!
11:00-12:00- Tate Enterprise
12:00-13:00- Historic Royal Palaces
13:00-14:00- PCS Culture Black Members’ Network
14:00- 15:00- Southbank Centre
15:00 – 16:00 National Gallery
16:00- 17:00 Outsourced workers
To support us on 8 July we are asking members to do the following:
- Share the PCS petition asking for emergency funding for culture with the hastags #CrisisInCulture and #CultureVsCovid
- Share a photograph of yourself holding a sign with Crisis in Culture or Culture vs. Covid written on it. Use the above hashtags and Tweet @PCSCultureGroup. Extra points for imaginative or creative photos!
- Take part in the “twitterstorm” retweeting, commenting and posting the tweets on the culture group pages, messages of support are especially welcome! Remember to use the hashtags #CrisisInCulture and #CultureVsCovid