British Museum staff to strike during February half term

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More than 100 workers at the British Museum are set to strike during the February half term.

Staff at the museum’s visitor services and security teams will be on the picket line for seven days starting from February 13.

Members of the Public and Commercial Service union (PCS) at the famous museum are taking industrial action over a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and pensions, reports the Evening Standard.

PCS strikes will also be taking place in other cares of the country.

More than union members will also take part in five days of action at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Wales.

The PCS said the strike between February 13 and 17 is likely to disrupt the printing of driving licences and impact on other print jobs at His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In a separate dispute, PCS members working as legal advisers and court associates in more than 80 courts across England and Wales have announced four days of strikes from February 3.

The announcement comes ahead of a strike by up to half a million workers next Wednesday, including 100,000 PCS members.

The PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: ‘We warned ministers that our action would spread if they ignored our demands, and we’re good to our word.

‘In failing to come to the table with any new money, the government has failed its own workforce – the very people they praised for keeping the country running during the pandemic.

‘If the government was serious about resolving the dispute, ministers could resolve it tomorrow. Instead, they’re shamefully hiding their heads in the sand, hoping we’ll go away. We won’t.

‘Wednesday will see the largest action by our union in a decade, with 100,000 of our members all over England, Scotland and Wales telling the government they demand a pay rise now to help them through the cost-of-living crisis and beyond.’

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