Friday, 8 April 2016

Support for a dispute in National Museums Wales

Dear supporters

We are writing to you ask for your support for a dispute in National Museums Wales that has now been going on for over two years in protest against cutting weekend and bank-holiday payments. 

Museum staff work weekends and bank holidays so the public can enjoy our museums and galleries. But they should get a just reward for having to give up time with their own families, and as very low paid workers they rely on these payments to survive financially.

PCS members are escalating their strike action and will now strike for the next four weekends
Your support helped us succeed at National Gallery in London so we hope we can all do the same at National Museums Wales! Low paid workers need urgent support to keep fighting so if you can please donate to their strike fund and help raise backing for their campaign.

They have been involved in a long-running dispute most recently taking strike action over the Easter bank holiday weekend  when a vote of No Confidence was issued to museum bosses  by the workforce.

Despite intervention from the Welsh government to get talks with the Museum back on, these were unsuccessful as management were not willing to make any changes or put any new offer on the table. National Museum Wales now claim they are facing a 4.7% cut in annual grant in aid from the Welsh Government and cannot afford weekend payments.

PCS believe that the lowest-paid should not have to bear the brunt of budget cuts.
PCS has therefore called rolling strike action across the museums in Wales, starting on Saturday, 9 April and going on until 1 May.

Urgent Appeal for Support
  • Join over 12000 in signing the petition “Fair Pay at National Museums Wales
  • Send a message of support to PCS branch chair Neil Harrison at or branch secretary Peter Hill at 
  • Invite a striker to your town or city to raise solidarity
  • Donate to the strike fund by clicking here or you can donate to Unity Trust Bank, account Name: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch, account Number: 2033182, sort code: 08-60-01

You can also ‘Like’ the Facebook page to keep in touch.

Thank you

In solidarity

Candy Udwin
PCS Culture Sector

PS: PCS Culture Sector also has a petition against oil sponsorships at the British Museum. Please sign by clicking here.

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