Welsh museum strikers vote to accept improved offer, ending two-year dispute

24 Jun 2016

PCS union members in Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales have voted overwhelmingly to accept an improved offer from their management, compensating them for the withdrawal of weekend pay allowances.

78% of members taking part in the ballot voted to accept the offer, on an 81% turnout. The vote brings to an end the two-year dispute, which has seen frequent industrial action and an indefinite strike since 28 April.

The union has run a high-profile campaign, highlighting the impact of the loss of weekend payments on low-paid 'front-of-house' staff.

Following the recent Assembly elections, the Welsh Government made additional funding available, enabling management to improve their offer. The deal now accepted by members includes compensation payments worth five years of allowances, doubling the previous offer; an option to take this over four years as pensionable payments; and an increase in basic pay of at least 4% for staff in the lowest grades.

PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said:

"This resounding vote brings to an end an incredible campaign by museum staff who can be very proud of what they've achieved through standing together and refusing to be bullied. They are truly inspirational and I pay tribute to each and every one of them, and they can now go back to the jobs they love with their heads held high."

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