PCS members in National Museum Scotland today begin a two-day strike over the withdrawal of their weekend working allowance. Staff employed since 1 January 2011 do not get the weekend working allowance paid to compensate for having to work anti-social …

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Public (PSI), PCS,

National Museum ScotlandPCS members in National Museum Scotland today begin a two-day strike over the withdrawal of their weekend working allowance.

Staff employed since 1 January 2011 do not get the weekend working allowance paid to compensate for having to work anti-social hours. This means that some members are effectively paid 20% less than their colleagues for doing the same job. These workers are already amongst the lowest paid in the museum.

This week’s strike action is part of a long-running dispute that saw previous strikes on Boxing Dat 2014 and 2014 and comes after talks broke down this week.

PCS Scottish Secretary Lynn Henderson said: “It was only a few weeks ago that the National Museum Scotland topped the poll as the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland, but they have come bottom of the league this week for poor industrial relations.

“Museum management and Scottish ministers have proved to be intransigent throughout the process. It is interesting that Scottish ministers approve £7 million to pay a bonus to prison officers but turn a blind eye to the lowest paid workers being stripped of payments for weekend working. Our members are now forced to take strike action again and have indicated that their resolve remains strong”.


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