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Despite her 20% pay cut, [Bedell] is still earning more than she did in 2018. This salary remains significantly higher than that of the Tate director… We question whether it is appropriate to maintain such a salary for the CEO of a closed arts centre.
A number of our colleagues protested this weekend about the proposed redundancy action that the Southbank Centre has sadly had to take as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to a catastrophic loss of 60% of our income. We sympathize with the uncertainty and anxiety that this is causing and respect our staff’s right to express their opinions in this way. We’ve also been made aware of an online petition and are concerned by the extent of the inaccuracies contained within it. We will continue to work with our staff to ensure that we remain transparent, open, and honest, and share all information with them as we try to navigate our way through this unprecedented crisis.