Museum staff plan second strike – Wednesday

from BBC news…

Museum staff plan second strike

More than 250 staff from Liverpool’s museums and galleries are to stage a second day of strike action.

Staff and union representatives are to picket five sites – including the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery – in the one-day walkout on Wednesday.

Museum bosses said all the attractions would remain open and the public would not be affected by the action.

Members of the Prospect and Public Commercial Services unions are taking the action in a dispute over pay.

They claim an imposed pay offer of 1.8% for 2007 and 1.3% for 2008 amounts to less than half the rate of inflation.

Paul Noon, general secretary of Prospect, said: “The museum’s pathetic pay offer does no justice to our members, the museum itself or the great city of Liverpool.

“Next year Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture and the museum will be promoting the city to millions of visitors.

“To impose a pay cut on staff for two years running while asking them to promote the city’s image at home and abroad is nothing less than cynical exploitation.”

The museum is funded by central government and bosses have said the pay settlement followed extensive discussion with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Treasury.

A spokeswoman for National Museums Liverpool said: “In this year’s pay award, the majority of our staff will receive an increase of at least 3.84%, which we believe is reasonable and realistic.”

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