National Museums Wales strike against Pay Cuts
1st August 2015
PCS members at all seven sites of National Museums Wales took strike action on Saturday in protest at management's plans to remove the premium payments for staff working at weekends.
All 'front of house' staff have to work some weekends and the removal of these unsocial hours payments could mean a 15% cut in the take home pay of the lowest paid employees.
Hannah Lawson, a PCS rep at Swansea's Waterfront Museum, spoke to Alec Thraves on the Swansea picket line before attending a PCS rally outside the National Museum in Cardiff.
'The 80% vote in favour of strike action and 90% in favour of action short of strike shows the anger amongst our members here in Swansea and across Wales. We can't afford to take a pay cut and we are determined to keep our weekend premium'!
A large, lunchtime rally confirmed that determination with PCS members in attendance from across all parts of Wales.
Speakers were applauded loudly when passing on their support and solidarity to the strikers, including Socialist Party Wales members Dave Warren and Katrine Williams.
Dave brought greeting from PCS members in DVLA who are fighting a similar battle with management and have a 90% mandate for strike action if negotiations fail. Katrine, representing the DWP in Wales called for further support for PCS against the government attacks from the rest of the trade union movement and urged the rally to attend the lobby of the TUC to demand action against the Tory anti-trade union bill and to start preparing coordinated action for a 24 hour general strike!
This first day of strike action will have brought home to the public not just the attacks on the wages of low paid museum staff but also the threat to the educational and cultural facilities that they provide.
Photos: Kate Jones, Swansea Socialist Party