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English heritage workers are rock solid at Stonehenge

Issue No. 1957

Hundreds of civil service workers in the Prospect and PCS unions at English Heritage struck on Tuesday against an insulting pay offer.

The strike took place on the summer solstice at leading tourist attractions such as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall.

It also hit English Heritage’s regional offices in Swindon, Guildford, Cambridge, York, Newcastle, Manchester and Bristol.

Management has announced an average increase of just 1.5 percent. This is the second year running that management has imposed a pay deal.

English Heritage is now in a financial crisis and has cut a number of staff in education and architecture.

Prospect negotiator Dave Allen said, “These cuts strike at the very heart of the organisation’s ability to extend its educational remit into schools and colleges.

“Despite claims from the culture secretary Tessa Jowell that ‘the arts and culture have never before had access to so much public investment’ the most recent government allocation delivered a 4.7 percent cut in funding over the period to 2007-8.”

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Sat 25 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1957
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