Liverpool museum strikers on the picket line earlier this month (Picture: @PCSLiverpoolMus Twitter)

Strikers at National Museums of Liverpool (NML) are into their sixth week of fighting for a Covid payment.

NML bosses are refusing to pay the £1,500 cost of living payment the strikers won last year.

Instead it has offered just £250. The 230 strikers began an eight-week strike on 17 February.

The strikers were part of the PCS union strikes in January, February and March last year along with 130,000 other civil servants.

They won a 4.5 percent rise, plus 0.5 percent for the lowest paid—and a £1,500 one-off payment.

Striker Ellie said, “At the beginning we expected the turnout to be small on the picket line, but everyone was so happy to come out— even in the rain.

Loads of people have decided not to go into the museum when they’ve heard what our dispute is.”

Striker Alex added, “The impact of our employer deciding not to pay is much more acute in a sector that’s already underpaid.

“It’s pretty poor on the part of NML that ordinary workers haven’t had their cost of living payment.”

Strikers are clear that they’re not going away until they get what’s theirs.

Visit pickets outside Museum of Liverpool 8-11am Pier Head, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1DG
Send messages of solidarity to PCS@liverpoolmuseums. org.uk and tweet them at @PCSLiverpoolMus
Sign the petition to the chair of the NML board at tinyurl.com/NMLChair

Build a big strike vote

The PCS union strike ballot across the civil service in Britain launched on Monday last week continues.

A national survey had seen workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of continuing the campaign for better pay and conditions.

The dispute involves nearly 150,000 PCS members across 171 employers in the civil service and related areas.

An impressive 96 percent of members who took part in the PCS survey said they supported the union’s pay demands.

Some of the union’s pay claims are for an above inflation rise, pay equality across departments and a minimum wage of £15 per hour.

Over 80 percent were prepared to strike to achieve them. The ballot closes on 13 May.

War declared at museums

Bosses are trying to derecognise the PCS union at five Imperial War Museum sites.

Three of the sites are in London, one is in Manchester and another is in Duxford near Cambridge.

Imperial War Museum Director Francoise Harris wrote to the PCS confirming that they wish to derecognise PCS and move forward with only Prospect the union.

Without collective representation, workers are unable formally to negotiate for fair wages and benefits.

In a management-run poll 80 percent of staff voted for union recognition and the PCS is mounting a campaign to defend its members’ decision.

The best way to defend a union is it to be active and fight.

Border forces fly over vote threshold

Border force officers at Heathrow Airport have voted to strike over proposed changes to rosters and their working conditions.

The changes could lead to 250 job losses. The PCS union members voted by 90 percent in favour of strikes and 94 percent for action short of a strike.

The turnout passed the anti-union law threshold of 50 percent for strikes. No dates have been announced yet.

Brighton TPR strike called off for talks

PCS union leaders have suspended strikes at The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in Brighton for talks.

At least 380 workers were set to strike from Monday to Wednesday last week.

TPR workers have held over 50 days of strikes in Brighton since September. The PCS says bosses have committed to a key pay demand.

But the union has a strike mandate up until 8 May. Strikes should have continued through negotiations to maintain the pressure on the bosses.

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