Museum and gallery workers strike over pay and pensions

Walkouts and stoppages to be held at National Gallery, Tate galleries, Imperial War Museum and several other institutions

Workers at museums and galleries are to go on strike in the latest phase of industrial action in a long-running row over jobs, pay and pensions. Staff at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War Museum in London and Tate galleries in the capital and Liverpool will walk out on Thursday, followed by stoppages in the British Museum, and in the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums in London and the Museum of Liverpool on Friday .

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union in government departments and agencies, including transport, business and energy and climate change, will also strikeon Friday , while employees at English Heritage sites, including Stonehenge, will take action on Sunday.

The strikes are part of a three-month campaign of industrial action by the union, which is planning a national walkout at the end of June.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These strikes highlight the huge gap between the valuable work our members do and the contempt being shown to them by ministers who are imposing cuts and refusing to even talk to us.

“Both in our cultural attractions that are known and loved around the world, and across the civil service, the government urgently needs to invest to improve services to the public and to help our economy to grow.”

The union staged a national strike in March and has since called a series of walkouts, hitting different government departments and agencies. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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