Help National Gallery Educators seek justice at Employment Tribunal

by National Gallery Educators

Help National Gallery Educators seek justice at Employment Tribunal

by National Gallery Educators
National Gallery Educators
Artists and Art Lecturers begin employment dispute against the National Gallery at Preliminary Tribunal
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National Gallery Educators
Artists and Art Lecturers begin employment dispute against the National Gallery at Preliminary Tribunal
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Latest: Aug. 15, 2018

#DrawTheLine - own an original drawing by donating £27 or more!

We're excited to announce our Facebook event, #DrawTheLine. 

From 15-22 August 2018, join us for an online sale of original drawings by @StandWithNG27 and our artist friends, to support our...

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Who we are

We are a group of 27 artists and art lecturers who have worked regularly for the National Gallery for decades: from at least ten years to over forty years. Over this time, we have delivered the daily programme of talks, courses and workshops that the Gallery offers its visitors.

In October, we were dismissed from the Gallery, with no recognition of our history of employment. We have been forced to take legal action and we are bringing a case of unfair dismissal. But we need your help. Please contribute now to help us fund this legal effort and share this page on social media to help get the word out.   

We are standing up for fair treatment for staff in the arts and to protect the teaching expertise at the heart of our museums.

We are asking for our longstanding contribution to the Education Department of the National Gallery to be recognised and valued. We are asserting our rights as employees, and at a minimum ‘workers’: until our recent unfair dismissal, we worked regularly for decades, with a passionate commitment to the Gallery’s learning programmes.

We have had the privilege to help thousands of visitors connect with the paintings in our national collection. We have come to deeply love the Gallery, its paintings, and their potential to engage and inspire, through meaningful face-to-face encounters. We are proud of, and passionate about, the work we do.

Our case 

We are asking to be recognised as employees (and at a minimum  ‘workers’), and not self-employed. We are bringing a case of unfair dismissal and claim that the National Gallery has discriminated against members of our group, in respect to longevity of service, sex and age. We have rights to consultation and retrospective holiday pay.

Despite the day-to-day reality of our integrated working relationship, the National Gallery insists we were self employed. We have been denied the protection and rights we were due as employees or workers.  

We were paid through the National Gallery payroll, taxed at source and wore staff passes. We were required to attend staff training and team meetings and received formal reviews of our work. But we had no job security or employment rights, including holiday pay and sick pay.

The Gallery has shown no interest in conciliation, despite our attempts to raise concerns personally with the Director and senior staff. It is with disappointment and sadness that their behaviour has led us to this point of bringing a legal claim.

The Gallery has replaced our large group of long-serving educators with a small number of in-house educator roles on greatly reduced salary and terms, to which we do not consent.

This isn't just about us

We are taking a stand against the exploitation of ‘bogus’ self-employment in the arts. We believe in the importance of arts education and believe artists and educators deserve to be valued and treated fairly.

This is a topical area of law: it is a new public body case in the wake of private sector employment disputes against employers such as Uber, Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers and Hermes. 

The National Gallery is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We have reason to believe the Gallery has made deliberate attempts over several years to evade awarding us fair employment status.

This case is significant to those interested in the point of law, fair treatment of workers, the importance of arts education and the behaviour of our publicly owned and funded cultural organisations.

We need money to pursue this case

We are encouraged by the length of time the Judge has allowed to hear our case as a group of 27, but we can’t afford to get there without your support.

We need your help to pay the legal costs of taking our claim to Employment Tribunal. Following a preliminary hearing on 16 July, our 8-day hearing will start on 26 November 2018.

Initially we need to raise £10,000 but then have to go on to raise a total of £65,000. So please give as much as you can and share widely. 

We have a fantastic legal team in Gordon Dadds LLP and Chris Milsom at Cloisters Chambers.


Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram at @StandWithNG27, or on our Facebook page (search 'Stand With NG 27').

Update 4

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 15, 2018

#DrawTheLine - own an original drawing by donating £27 or more!

We're excited to announce our Facebook event, #DrawTheLine. 

From 15-22 August 2018, join us for an online sale of original drawings by @StandWithNG27 and our artist friends, to support our campaign.  

Help us #DrawTheLine under exploitation of artists in education - choose a drawing on Facebook and donate generously here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/207465096790609/

How to choose a drawing in 5 easy steps:

1. View all the drawings in the discussion tab of our FB event #DrawTheLine. Choose a drawing and note its code in the lower right corner. All drawings are A6 size (105x148mm)


2. Write 'SOLD' and your first name in the comments section for the image.


3. Donate at CrowdJustice.com

  • double-check that your chosen drawing is still available (it's your responsibly to check the 'comments' on our page, to see if your drawing is already sold).
  •  Make a donation - we ask for at least £27 - please give generously!


4. Leave a comment with your donation, starting with the drawing's code.
e.g.: '555: I'm donating to support NG27 and I'm choosing gorgeous drawing 555 in return!'


5. Email us at nationalgalleryjustice@gmail.com, with your name, drawing code and postal address. Your drawing will soon be winging its way to you.

We can't take responsibility for a drawing already being sold when you make your donation - please check the comments carefully, to see if your chosen drawing is still available, before you pledge, but, if, through any confusion, your chosen drawing is for any reason not available, we will offer you an alternative choice, or commission the artist to create an equivalent.

Update 3

National Gallery Educators

Aug. 13, 2018

Another huge milestone - we're over half way to £65,000!

We are so thrilled to have over 1000 wonderful backers to take us forward to the next stage of our campaign. 

THANK YOU for your donations, messages and support. 

Now that we're over half way to reaching our target, we can extend our deadline and build more momentum:  look out for more #drawwithus events and further announcements @StandWithNG27 - including the launch of our first online art sale, coming soon!


Update 2

National Gallery Educators

July 21, 2018

We've smashed the £20K barrier! Thank you!

Thank you all for your really generous contributions. Since launching this week, we've been thrilled by all the support we've been getting. It's not over yet, though...

So here's what you can do to continue to support our campaign.

1. Share this page with 10 friends who you think might be interested. 

2. Share this page on your Facebook page, using the hashtag #standwithNG27.

3. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@standwithNG27) to keep up with the campaign and to read stories from each one of the 27 about their experiences.

Once again, thank you so much, and let's keep the momentum going!

@standwithNG27

 




Update 1

National Gallery Educators

July 16, 2018

First hurdle reached! Thank you all

We have cracked the 10K barrier today and are so thrilled and delighted for all your support. Thank you! There's more to go, so please share as widely as you can.

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