Tate Modern in Talks to Avert Strike by Curators

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Byline: MARTIN MCGLOWN

TALKS aimed at averting a strike at Tate Modern continue today as curators and restorers threaten a high-profile dispute over pay.

The gallery is likely to come under pressure from the Government to settle the row, which comes only two months after its first anniversary.

A half-day strike is being planned for September and the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists (IPMS) is balloting its members.

Such a move would be unlikely to force Tate Modern to close, but visitors would have to walk past pickets.

A refusal to work unpaid overtime is also being considered.

The dispute centres around a pay rise averaging 2.7 per cent for IPMS members at the gallery and its three sister galleries, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives in Cornwall and Tate Liverpool.

The average pay increase offered for all 800 staff at the four sites is four per cent. However, lower-ranking workers were awarded the highest rises, infuriating about 44 curators, restorers and information officers - who make up the bulk of IPMS members. …