Fifty workers at the Museum of London struck on Friday of last week. The official half-day action was in protest at a below inflation pay deal. The strike was 95 percent solid. Despite threats of legal action by management the protests outside the museum swelled to 100, with archaeologists and specialists who applauded the strikers. The strike marked the beginning of a campaign by the IPMS union across the heritage sector against low pay.
Over 1,000 members of the PCS union at the British Library are also to vote for strike action over pay. Mark Serwotka, general secretary elect of the PCS, says, 'If extra money to help our low paid members is not forthcoming, we expect there will be a vote for strike action.'
Some 1,800 members of the PCS civil servants' union in the Passport Office are balloting over management's 2001 pay offer. Management wants to move the start of the pay date to October and introduce performance-related pay.
Across the civil service, a series of industrial action ballots involving thousands of workers have been launched over pay and conditions. Ballots for action in the PCS union include:
For strike action in the Land Registry Offices over a proposal to downgrade workers' status.
For strike action over low pay in the government offices.
For an overtime ban with GPMU members in the HMSO parliamentary division.