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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Campaigners make Christmas appeal to 'Scrooge at Tate Modern'
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¬†More than a hundred members of South London Citizens sent a powerful message to the management of the Tate Modern on Friday night, when they sang carols along Doris Salcedo's installation: 'Shibboleth' - a giant crack in the floor created 'to highlight the divide between the haves and have-nots.' A brass band and singers also performed outside the building. The campaigners were protesting at the low wages of cleaning and catering staff at the gallery. While Mayor Ken Livingstone has determined that the minimum pay needed to live in London is £7.20 and hour, the Tate, which recently received a government grant of £50 million, pays just £5.52 an hour. "We call on director Nicholas Serota to reflect on the message of the Shibboleth, stop paying poverty wages and give his staff a Living Wage" said a South London Citizens spokeswoman. A Tate spokesman said: "Tate ensures all its contractors must comply with the statutory requirement to provide at least the national minimum wage. South London Citizens spokesman Michael Faulkner responded: "Everyone recognises that living in London is more expensive than living anywhere else. We believe that the Tate as a major and very successful employer ought to be recognising their responsibilities to make sure that all their employees are properly remunerated for the work that they do." South London Citizens is an alliance of schools, churches, mosques, trade unions and community groups working together for the common good. For more information or if you would like to send a message to Nicholas Serota, e-mail: joanna.purkis@londoncizens.org.uk
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