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Museum strike in Scotland wins support for workers

by Steve West
Issue No. 2485

PCS union members at the National Museum of Scotland struck on 26 and 27 December as part of a three-year dispute.

The dispute began when management withdrew a weekend working allowance for staff employed since 1 January 2011.

These staff, already among the lowest paid at the museum, are now paid 20 percent less than their colleagues for doing the same job.

Members remain determined to defeat this two-tier pay system. They have continued their action following a breakdown in talks.

Passersby showed support for picketing strikers during last month’s walkout. Sarah Boyack MSP also visited picket lines.

The action meant that management could only open one floor out of three.

  • Send messages of support to
  • Follow the campaign on Twitter and use the hashtag #ScotFairPay
  • Make a donation to the branch hardship fund. Cheques should be payable to “PCS National Museum of Scotland Welfare Fund” and send to Andy McDougall, Library Assistant, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF.
  • Bank transfers can be made as follows—account name—PCS National Museum of Scotland Welfare Fund, sort code 608310, account number 203546608

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