Museum strike over treatment
Over 200 workers in the Prospect civil service workers’ union at the Museum of London struck on Monday of this week against their below-inflation pay award of 2 percent.
They are also angry that it was brought in 13 months later than it should have been. Staff at the Museum of London site and the Museum of London Archaeology Service voted by nine to one to strike.
Striker Bruce Watson told Socialist Worker, “Low pay means workers leave museums after a few years and there’s a skills shortage. We’re sick of this shabby treatment.”
Science of taking action over pay
Members of the Prospect civil service workers’ union at the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) are set to strike on Friday of this week over a below-inflation pay offer.
The strike will hit the Science Museum in London, the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, the National Railway Museum in York, and the Science Museum Swindon in Wiltshire.
The workers voted by 83 percent for strikes and 91 percent for action short of a strike. PCS union members at the NMSI have also voted for action.
Stepping up fight over pensions
Over 1,000 pensioners marched through Blackpool on Tuesday of last week as part of the Pensioners’ Parliament.
The parliament called for the government to restore the pensions link with earnings now, rather than in 2012 or later, and to increase the state pension to at least £134 a week or above the official poverty level.
The National Pensioners’ Convention is planning a rally and lobby of parliament in October to be organised in conjunction with the TUC.
250 at rally for Sheridan Seven
Veteran socialist Tommy Sheridan joined 250 campaigners in Glasgow last Saturday afternoon for a rally to defend the Sheridan Seven. The seven have been charged with perjury in the wake of Sheridan’s victory against Rupert Murdoch’s News of The World in a libel suit.
Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four, Paddy Hill from the Birmingham Six and Scottish FBU firefighters’ union president Kenny Ross spoke on the platform.
Fife’s day of music for peace
Thirteen bands played for over 13 hours on Sunday 1 June in Dunfermline in a day of music for peace.
It was organised by Fife Stop the War Coalition and acts included Decontrol, Crimedesk, Paranoid Monkeys, Shock and Awe, and Jack Wardell.
Khev from Overspill said, “We’re all victims of war.”