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The Socialist 25 June 2014

10 July: All out to end poverty pay

The Socialist issue 816

10 July: All out to end poverty pay

Western hypocrisy as Iraq disintegrates

Blame the profit system not its victims!

NHS: The world's best - but for how long?

Miliband - the emperor with no clothes

Poverty Britain

Them & Us


Thomas Piketty: The new Marx?


Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing newspaper attacks socialists

Israel: Nationalist thugs assault CWI members


How can Unite lead fight against cuts?

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy!

Unison conference: members call for united action

GMB members question Labour link

Safety Glass strikers demonstrate their strength

National Museum Wales strike

Workplace news in brief


People's Assembly demo shows anti-austerity anger

South Yorkshire 'Freedom Riders' attacked by police

Fighting for young people in Blackwall and Cubitt Town

Victory! York socialists win university letting agency

Tottenham: Stop fascist attacks

Winning recruits for socialism

Tax dodgers feel the heat


Supermarket price wars

A day in the life of a supermarket worker


When Thatcher unleashed her attack dogs


Gerry Conlon: Fighter against state injustice

 
 
 
 

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PCS strike at National Museum Wales, 18.6.14, photo by Dave Reid

PCS strike at National Museum Wales, 18.6.14, photo by Dave Reid   (Click to enlarge)

'Skeleton service' at National Museum Wales as PCS strikes

Museum staff strike to defend pay

Members of the PCS (Public and Commercial Services union) working at all seven sites of the National Museum Wales walked out on strike at midday on Wednesday 18 June in dispute over pay. Management is trying to cut weekend pay that will cut the pay of some workers by as much as 1,000 a year and 10% off their final pension entitlement.

Other members of the PCS greeted strikers as they walked out of the National Museum of Wales and there was a rally of about 50 workers. A 'skeleton' service by managers kept the museum open but with staff that had hardly been trained, which jeopardises the health and safety of the public and the security of the national collection. Many members of the public expressed their support for the strike.

This attack comes on top of pay freezes which mean workers have already lost 15% in real terms over the past four years. Of course senior management's pay is unaffected - they keep all their pay and bonuses, some of them each get bonus equal to the total pay of one of the museum cleaners!

Staff will be taking further action in the dispute as well as coming out for a decent pay rise with other public sector unions on 10 July.

Dave Reid

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 19 June 2014 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

10 July: All out to end poverty pay

Western hypocrisy as Iraq disintegrates

Blame the profit system not its victims!

NHS: The world's best - but for how long?

Miliband - the emperor with no clothes

Poverty Britain

Them & Us


Socialist Party review

Thomas Piketty: The new Marx?


International socialist news and analysis

Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing newspaper attacks socialists

Israel: Nationalist thugs assault CWI members


Socialist Party workplace news

How can Unite lead fight against cuts?

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy!

Unison conference: members call for united action

GMB members question Labour link

Safety Glass strikers demonstrate their strength

National Museum Wales strike

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

People's Assembly demo shows anti-austerity anger

South Yorkshire 'Freedom Riders' attacked by police

Fighting for young people in Blackwall and Cubitt Town

Victory! York socialists win university letting agency

Tottenham: Stop fascist attacks

Winning recruits for socialism

Tax dodgers feel the heat


Readers' comments

Supermarket price wars

A day in the life of a supermarket worker


Socialist history

When Thatcher unleashed her attack dogs


Obituary

Gerry Conlon: Fighter against state injustice


 

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