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British Museum workers ‘kept in the dark’ about their future after Carillion collapse

Director Hartwig Fischer slammed for refusing to meet PCS union reps

BRITISH MUSEUM staff formerly employed by Carillion will stage a protest tomorrow claiming that they are being “kept in the dark” about their future.

Support workers belonging to the PCS union will demonstrate outside the London museum urging management meet them to discuss the conditions – and future – of their employment.

Museum director Hartwig Fischer was singled out for criticism for refusing to meet union representatives.

He is also being accused of offering zero guarantees on employment, work conditions or pensions to his staff, many of whom have worked at the museum for years.

The staff were “sold” to Carillion in 2013, igniting strong opposition from PCS at the time.

However, following the collapse of Carillion in January this year, the union claims that its concerns about privatisation were entirely vindicated.

A PCS spokesperson said that “taxpayers pay the profits of these multinationals and then it is us who has to pick up the bill when they go bust.

"PCS believes the best way to safeguard the services they provide is to bring staff back in-house and we would like to discuss ways this could be done.”

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