Third one day strike to hit Liverpool museums

22 August 2007

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union and Prospect working for National Museums Liverpool will today be taking part in a third one day strike in a worsening dispute over below-inflation pay increases.

The long-running dispute has already seen two previous one day stoppages on 28 May and 25 July as staff protest over deteriorating pay levels and the imposition of a pitiful pay offer that amounts to a cost of living increase of no more than 1.8%.

Staff earning as little as £11,000 are furious over what amounts to a pay cut in real terms which has seen some of the most experienced staff receiving an increase of just 1.3%, with some staff expected to stomach an increase of just 90p a week before tax.

The previous stoppages have received strong support amongst staff, closing some of the exhibits and galleries within Liverpool's museums and galleries.

PCS represents approximately 170 people working for National Museums Liverpool in The Maritime Museum, World Museum Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Gallery, Conservation Centre, Sudley Art Gallery and Central Services in Dale Street.

Commenting, PCS national officer, Steve Farley, said: "Hardworking staff will once again be demonstrating their anger over the imposition of a pitiful pay offer which will see their pay cut in real terms.

The continued refusal of senior management to find a negotiated outcome has only added to the resolve of staff who will be calling for the support of the public as they mount picket lines today. Senior management at Liverpool Museums need to recognise the value of experienced hardworking staff by paying a decent wage."

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, added: "Senior management seem to think that the city of culture should be built on a culture of low pay. Low wages made worse by below inflation increases are a major problem not only in the culture sector but across the rest of the civil and public services. This is a problem that needs to be urgently addressed by management and government alike."


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