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Workers in four unions strike together at the British Museum

by Alan Kenny
Issue No. 2326

Pickets outside the British Museum (Pic: )

Pickets outside the British Museum (Pic: Bookmarks)

Workers at the British Museum in central London held a three hour strike this morning, Monday.

They include porters, events workers, post room and loading bay staff, day cleaners, shift cleaners and building services.

All four unions at the museum—PCS, Unite, Prospect and FDA—are taking part. They face being outsourced to a private company in April of next year.

“Workers here are really angry,” PCS rep Martin Meyler told Socialist Worker. “Some of us have 20 to 25 years of service.

“We know that the new company will try to cut jobs. It has put staff under a lot of stress.”

He added, “We're very pleased with the turnout and the amount of support we've had on the picket line.”

The workers plan to strike again for three hours from 4pm on Monday of next week, when a trustees function is planned at the museum.

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Mon 29 Oct 2012, 10:56 GMT
Issue No. 2326
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