Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/23059

Posted on 24 June 2016 at 10:38 GMT

National Museum Wales strikers, June 2016, photo by Dave Reid

National Museum Wales strikers, June 2016, photo by Dave Reid   (Click to enlarge)

National Museum workers ballot on offer

Dave Reid

National Museum Wales workers are balloting on whether or not to accept an improved offer from the employers after seven weeks of strike action that have closed some sites and partly closed others.

Two years ago museum management announced they intended to cut weekend premium payments for museum workers - who are mainly in the PCS civil servants union.

With most museum workers expected to work weekends - some have only one Sunday off in three - this amounted to a big pay cut, especially for the lower paid workers.

Management, who were losing no money, offered them compensation equivalent to two years loss of pay, but it would still amount to a big pay cut.

After a series of one day strikes by PCS members, an all-out indefinite strike began on May Day weekend and the Welsh Labour government was forced to sit up and promise action.

Improved

New funds for National Museum Wales were found and eventually, after a lot of feet-dragging, management have come forward with an improved offer.

The offer does not save the weekend premium payments but improves the compensation to amounts equivalent to five years instead of two which can be taken as a lump sum or spread over five years with pension contributions.

There is also a reduction in weekend work and a 4% pay rise in 2017. The offer is a huge improvement on the original proposal, amounting to nearly 5,000 for each worker extra, but falls short of defending the weekend premium payments. Branch officers are also determined to keep up the fight to return the weekend premiums: "We see the deal not as the end of the war, but the end of the first battle" one of the officers said.

Geraint Parfitt one of the leaders of the strike will be addressing the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on 2 July.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 






Related links:

National Museum of Wales:

triangleNational Museum workers accept deal

triangle"Where's Carwyn?"

triangleMuseum strike solid

Workers:

triangleSocialist Party Wales: Starmer turns Labour right - Time for a new workers' party

triangleTory NHS betrayal

triangleHong Kong: The fight for democratic rights

triangleCovid pandemic and Northern Ireland - workers must resist the bosses' offensive

Museum:

triangleBradford library and museum strikers enter third round of strike action

triangleScience Museum Group staff strike over pay restraint

triangleBritish Museum: Carillion workers demand to be brought back in-house

Strike:

triangleTower Hamlets council workers strike against wholesale attack on terms and conditions

triangleTower Hamlets council strike

Wales:

triangleTory full return to school plans gamble with lives

PCS:

triangleJobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

Pay:

triangleHomerton hospital workers deserve equal pay and conditions

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

8/7/20

Southampton

UCU: election victory for combative rank and file

8/7/20

NSSN

Fantastic virtual NSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods''

8/7/20

Socialist Party

The best place to start - join the Socialist Party

8/7/20

Trans rights

Trans rights protests oppose Tory backsliding

8/7/20

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter - the fight is not over

8/7/20

Equal pay

Homerton hospital workers deserve equal pay and conditions

8/7/20

Jobcentre

Jobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

8/7/20

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets council workers strike against wholesale attack on terms and conditions

8/7/20

Nottingham

Nottingham unions fight council job cuts

7/7/20

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Stop closure and privatisation of Jute Mills

1/7/20

Fighting Fund

Fighting Fund: Target smashed by half time

1/7/20

PCS

Change in leadership needed to secure union's future

1/7/20

Black Lives Matter

BLM has not stopped - protesters flock to Socialists

1/7/20

Ken Douglas

Red flags line road for Ken

1/7/20

Leeds

Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999