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Museum workers in Wales could step up their strikes

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2500

Supporters collecting for the strike fund on last Saturdays Peoples Assembly demonstration

Supporters collecting for the strike fund on last Saturday's People's Assembly demonstration (Pic: PCS)


Museum workers in Wales could escalate their action against bosses’ plans to slash weekend pay.

The PCS union members have been fighting for two years to stop National Museum of Wales bosses slashing weekend premium pay rates.

They were set to meet on Wednesday to vote on escalation. Options include staging a one-week or two-week strike, or all out action.

The workers are currently carrying out a series of rolling strikes across Wales on every weekend this month.

Last Saturday and Sunday saw strikes at the Big Pit National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum and the National Slate Museum.

Workers were set to strike again this weekend at the National Museum Cardiff and the Swansea Waterfront Museum.

This round of action will culminate with an all-day strike at all sites on Saturday 30 April.

Meanwhile PCS members at the National Museum of Scotland have brought their dispute with bosses to an end.

The dispute began three years ago when bosses scrapped weekend premiums for new starters.

The workers voted overwhelmingly to accept a deal which includes wage rises of between £221 and £1,634 and compensation payments of between £600 and £15,000.

Overtime rates and shift allowances will also increase, and new permanent jobs are expected soon, which will be offered to existing temporary workers first.

Thanks to Steve West


Support the National Museums Wales strikers:

  • Donate to the strike fund at bit.ly/20PXhao or donate to Unity Trust Bank, account Name: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch, account Number: 2033182, sort code: 08-60-01
  • Send a message of support to PCS branch chair Neil Harrison at tubz1917@live.com or branch secretary Peter Hill at dennishill20@hotmail.com
  • Sign the petition for fair pay at bit.ly/1W2tavK

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