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This is what an all out strike looks like..

Day 8 of fantastic all out strike by PCS National Museum of Wales
Day 8 of fantastic all out strike by PCS National Museum of Wales

PCS members in National Museums Wales are on all out strike. Their courage deserves all of our support.

Just like Junior Doctors in England they are fighting to defend their weekends against bullying bosses who are threatening to sack them and impose a new contract. Their response was to go on all out indefinite strike action!

They work weekends and bank holidays so we can enjoy museums and galleries. They are very low paid earning under £16000 without their weekend enhancements yet they are being asked to face a pay cut of thousands of pounds a year.

We know from our experience at National Gallery that with your solidarity they can win. Watch and share their video

They need all the financial and moral support we can raise for them so please do what you can.  

Please use this poster to show your support NMW PCS Solidarity poster

NMW appeal letter     NMW PCS Collection sheet

You can donate via pay pal here 

Other ways to donate:

Bank Transfer: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch Hardship Fund, Unity Trust Bank, sort code: 60-83-01, account number: 20364700

Cheques: Payable to PCS Amgueddfa Cymru Hardship fund c/o PCS Wales 2nd Floor/Transport House/1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 9SD

PayPal: http://bit.ly/26eNhvq                   

Other ways you can help

  • Inviting a PCS rep from National Museum Wales to visit your organisation to talk about our dispute and/or organising a collection

Please help as Welsh Museum workers escalate strike action

Appeal for support for PCS National Museums Wales strikers

We are asking for your support for a dispute in National Museums Wales that has now been going on for over two years in protest against cutting weekend and bank-holiday payments.

wales bestMuseum staff work weekends and bank holidays so the public can enjoy our museums and galleries. But they should get a just reward for having to give up time with their own families, and as very low paid workers they rely on these payments to survive financially.

PCS members are escalating their strike action and will now strike for the next four weekends.

Your support helped us succeed at National Gallery in London so we hope we can all do the same at National Museums Wales!

Low paid workers need urgent support to keep fighting so if you can please donate to their strike fund and help raise backing for their campaign.

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They have been involved in a long-running dispute most recently taking strike action over the Easter bank holiday weekend when a vote of No Confidence was issued to museum bosses  by the workforce.

Despite intervention from the Welsh government to get talks with the Museum back on, these were unsuccessful as management were not willing to make any changes or put any new offer on the table. National Museum Wales now claim they are facing a 4.7% cut in annual grant in aid from the Welsh Government and cannot afford weekend payments.

PCS believe that the lowest-paid should not have to bear the brunt of budget cuts.

PCS has therefore called rolling strike action across the museums in Wales starting on Saturday 09 April until 1 May.

Urgent Appeal for Support

  • Join over 12000 in signing the petition Fair Pay at National Museums Wales
  • Send a message of support to PCS branch chair Neil Harrison at tubz1917@live.com or branch secretary Peter Hill at dennishill20@hotmail.com
  • Invite a striker to your town or city to raise solidarity
  • Donate to the strike fund by clicking here or you can donate to Unity Trust Bank, account Name: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch, account Number: 2033182, sort code: 08-60-01

You can also ‘Like’ the Facebook page to keep in touch.

Thank you

In solidarity

Candy Udwin

PCS Culture Sector

PS: PCS Culture Sector also has a petition against oil sponsorships at the British Museum. Please sign by clicking here.

Lambeth Library Occupation needs Solidarity!

The Occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth is now on day 5 and they need our support. See below for the solidarity statement from PCS Culture Sector and Show Culture Some Love. More information and Stella Duffy on how and why to support the campaign

Libraries up and down the country are threatened with closure. That makes it even more important that we support the fantastic resistance in Lambeth from all those in occupation and staff in Unison who struck last month. This is especially important now an eviction notice has been served with a court case due on Friday 8th.

Send urgent messages of support to lambethlibrariescampaign@gmail.com or facebook  page here

Carnegie Library Occupied!

Solidarity Message to Save Lambeth Libraries Campaign from PCS Culture Sector & Show Culture Some Love

Dear Comrades,

We are writing on behalf of activists in the PCS Culture Sector Group in support of the occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth.

We would like to send the most heartfelt solidarity to all the parents, children, librarians and library assistants and supporters, involved in this campaign.

We are full of admiration at your élan, your daring, courage and panache at running an intelligent, inclusive, dynamic campaign against the attempts by Lambeth Council…A Labour council note, attempting to put a price on knowledge, a cost on community.

The council claims that the two libraries set for closure will re-open in 2017 at some point. This is the same council that is currently social cleansing residents from so many working class estates and then selling them off to property developers. So, why should we believe them about the boroughs libraries?

As workers and activists in the culture sector, we are fully aware of the importance of a properly funded library service. A service that acts as the heart and lungs of the community and that lifts people up and expands horizons.

We hereto pledge to do all that we can to:
– Publicise your struggle
– Link it to other fights against library closures up and down the country-such as in Coventry and Sunderland
– Bring what supplies you deem necessary to sustain the occupation for as long as it lasts

We also support your call for Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and other Labour leaders to go to the occupation to discuss with the campaigners what can be done to fight the Tories’ cuts. We know that solidarity works, last year we managed to win huge gains at the National Gallery in our fight against privatization because of the amazing support we received for our strike action

In Solidarity,

Clara Paillard, President, PCS Culture Sector Group,

Tom Taylor, PCS/Secretary, SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee-personal capacity,

Candy Udwin, PCS National Gallery

Floyd Codlin, PCS delegate to SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee

Tracey Edwards, PCS Culture Secretary

To add your name to this statement please email Candy.Udwin@gmail.com

Scottish weekend strikes suspended – now all out to support Wales!!

A new offer has been made after the threat of 6 weeks of strikes by PCS members in Scotland fighting over weekend pay!! So strikes in National Museums Scotland have been suspended.

But strikes at 6 museums in Wales will still go ahead over Easter so now we need to go all out to support them!

Declaring ‘no confidence’ in management as strikes launched

Please like their facebook page and Sign the petition for fair pay at NMW .

DONATIONS They urgently need money for their hardship fund so please make a donation too if you can
Bank: Unity Trust Bank
Account name: PCS Amgueddfa Cymru 107006 Branch
Account number: 20331827
Sort code: 08-60-01

More information here

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND & WALES STRIKING OVER WEEKENDS AND PAY

Scottish museums crop

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND AND WALES JOIN JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKING TO SAVE OUR WEEKENDS & DEFEND OUR PAY

  • PCS NATIONAL MUSEUM WALES  Six museums on strike over Easter
  • PCS NATIONAL MUSUEMS SCOTLAND On strike for the next six weekends
  • JUNIOR DOCTORS On strike 6-8 and 26-28 April

 

NATIMuseum staff gathered outside the Swansea's National WaterfrontONAL MUSEUM WALES

Strikes were suspended in September but are now back on and need urgent support  BBC report here      Sign the petition         Post messages of support

 

NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND 

Major escalation of PCS strikes over weekend pay

Six weeks of action will be held on

  • 26-27 March
  • 2-3 April
  • 9-10 April
  • 16-17 April
  • 23-24 April
  • 30 April – 1 May

Post messages of support here

 

Support PCS National Museum Wales

Jeremy Corbyn supporting our campaign
PCS members at National Museum Wales on TV joining the march in Cardiff against TU Bill 

PCS members at National Museum Wales are still fighting to defend our weekends.  They are currently balloting on the next step in the campaign.