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Science museums strike against below-inflation pay offer

Issue No. 2106

Strikers at the Science Museum in London (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Strikers at the Science Museum in London (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

The strike by members of the PCS and Prospect civil service workers’ unions at the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) over below-inflation pay severely hit the running of the museum.

Workers struck at the Science Museum in London, the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, and the Science Museum Swindon in Wiltshire.

Kris Finney, the chair of the PCS’s NMSI branch, said, “The pay award works out at about 2.7 percent overall, and this was imposed. Management is also determined to push through pay rises linked 100 percent to performance pay.”

Rob Skitmore, the chair of Prospect’s NMSI branch, told Socialist Worker, “We have had a lower than inflation pay rise, which is the lowest in the sector. The pay rise has also been delayed by over a year for our 2007 deal, and two months for this year.

“We have had two successful ballots to strike before over other issues, which did force management to renegotiate.

“Members have been subsidising the museum for years and they deserve better.

“The issues are the same for PCS and Prospect members so we are coordinating our action and negotiations.”

A Prospect member said, “This is part of an ongoing attack on our terms and conditions. We are striking against the pay offer and about the future of the museum.”

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Tue 17 Jun 2008, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2106
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