Why did we decide to strike?


In August 2020 Tate Enterprises announced 313 redundancies from their shops, cafés and publishing, about half the staff from some of Tate's most diverse and lowest-paid teams.

What did we do?

PCS members from Tate shops at Tate Modern and Tate Britain voted to strike from the 18th of August. We picketed at both sites, organised protests and gained the support of many artists, writers and politicians.

What did we achieve?

After 42 days of industrial action by PCS members against redundancies at Tate Enterprises Ltd we formally suspended our strike from 1st of October.

This decision comes after several ACAS meetings where we managed to secure several improvements for members in a revised offer from Tate Enterprises management.

While the final details of the offer are still being negotiated the headlines include:

  • An improved re-employment and re-deployment policy across Tate Enterprises Ltd.

  • Agreement for preferential recruitment for vacancies across the Tate Estate.

  • An additional significant investment in redundancy payments for staff across Tate Commerce.

Where do we go from here?


We are clear that the cuts across the arts and culture sector are a result of the direct failure of government. The headline £1.57 billion investment is targeted to protect brands and buildings and not the workers who make ours the vibrant world beating sector that it is. We, along with our sister unions, continue to fight for the future of our sector demanding the government fund our arts and culture institutions fairly, on behalf of workers and the public.

We continue to oppose redundancies and fight for our members across the culture sector. With redundancies announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Collections Trust, it has never been more important to join PCS.

We would like to thank all those who supported our members during the strike.