Socialist Worker

National Maritime Museum

by a museum worker
Issue No. 2000

A year long campaign for union recognition at the National Maritime Museum in south east London has ended in a stunning victory for its 500 members of staff. Staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the PCS and Prospect unions being recognised.

Over 70 percent voted for the unions. The National Maritime Museum has the lowest paid staff for a national museum in London with starting salaries as low as £11,000 a year.

Front of house staff do not get an hour-long lunch break, bank holidays or extra pay at weekends. The museum requires them to work an additional hour during the summer months. Management have also replaced the civil service pension scheme with an inferior private one.

Although union recognition has been won we will continue the campaign to keep up the pressure on management.

We plan to have a party in Greenwich Park promoting the union to non-members. Only a strong union can deliver.

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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