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Welsh Museum workers to stage all-out strike

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2501

 

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 have announced an indefinite strike starting on Thursday of this week.

The decision came after a series of one-to-one meetings between workers and management began.

Workers were told that they had to accept limited compensation for the loss of extra weekend pay.

The other alternative management gave them was to face dismissal and then re-apply for their jobs without any compensation.

The members of the PCS union are fighting bosses’ plans to slash weekend premium pay rates for low-paid workers. Workers also struck last Saturday and Sunday, with protests in Cardiff and Swansea.

PCS Wales secretary Shavanah Taj said, “Museum management have upped the ante by refusing even to talk about improving their compensation offer and by bullying staff into signing away their rights to weekend pay.

“This week we are demonstrating how serious we are in our demands for a fair settlement.

“Management now need to show that they are equally serious about listening to their own staff.”

Support the National Museums Wales strikers: 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 Donation details at bit.ly/24huqOv

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