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PCS long weekend of strike action
A PCS press release summarises the action:
Strikes today (30th May) at some of the UK's most prestigious museums and galleries kick off a long weekend of action over imposed government cuts by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).
These form part of the union's three-month civil service-wide campaign against imposed cuts to pay, pensions, jobs and working conditions, which has involved weeks of rolling industrial action among the union's 250,000 public sector members since a national walkout on budget day on 20 March.
Stoppages on Thursday 30th include the National Gallery and Tate galleries in London and Liverpool. This will be followed on Friday 31st by walkouts from the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums in London; and National Museums Liverpool where strikers will be forming a human chain around one of the main sites.
Staff from a range of other government departments and agencies will also strike on Friday, including the Land Registry, which was recently told it faces an increased threat of privatisation, and Department for Transport.
On Sunday 2nd June the union's members at English Heritage sites, including Stonehenge, will be on strike.
Last week the union's annual conference agreed to hold a fresh national strike towards the end of June if the government continues to refuse to negotiate on these issues.
Dates will be set at a later date and coordinated alongside other unions where possible.
Today's strikes include: National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery; Tate galleries in London and Liverpool; Department for Culture, Media and Sport headquarters; and Imperial War Museum.
Friday's will include: Natural History, Science, Victoria and Albert, and British museums in London; National Museums Liverpool (from 1pm to 1pm on Saturday); Department for Transport and its agencies, including the Driving Standards Agency and DVLA; Land Registry; Business, Innovation and Skills; Department for Energy and Climate Change; and research councils.
Strikers and supporters will form a human chain around the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG, from 2.30pm on Friday to represent a defence of culture and the arts from government cuts.