March 12 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A private provider has won the right to run visitor and security services at London’s Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms.
More than 100 staff at the museums, and other Imperial War Museums in Manchester and Cambridgeshire, will be affected – though staff employment conditions protected by employment regulations.
A statement from the successful bidder for the contract, the Shield Group, said: “This decision was based on ensuring that our long-term quality needs can be satisfied by a provider who delivers optimum value for money and also excellent career opportunities for staff.”
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: “As the eyes of the world look to the Imperial War Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War, it is taking a major gamble with its reputation.
“We believe that gifting this work to a profit-making company will lead to jobs and standards being cut, and risks a knowledge drain from these highly-prized visitor attractions.”