After all the warnings of disruptions in the transport sector, the only strike at the Olympics has come in the arts.
Assistants at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square walked out today, protesting job losses. Their absence forced the closure of 27 rooms.
Some union members at the neighbouring National Portrait Gallery and at the Tate have walked out in sympathy.
Staff at British museums are generally held to be among the most retrograde arts workers. Poorly paid, they cling to union agreements and often block modernisation plans. Most will regard today’s strike as unhelpful to British arts.
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