28 October 2012
Cleaning and maintenance workers at the prestigious British Museum are set for two strikes against the threat of privatisation.
The members of the PCS and Unite unions are already low paid and fear their pay and conditions will be worsened if their jobs are contracted out to private firms.
In industrial action ballots PCS and Unite members voted to strike by 90% and 100% respectively.
They will strike between 7am and 10am on Monday 29 October and again between 4pm and 7pm on Monday 5 November – and the workers will set up picket lines at these times.
The world-famous museum gets six million visitors a year – but it is the cleaning and maintennace staff who keep it clean and safe.
PCS regional secretary Keith Johnston said:
With food and energy costs going through the roof, the last thing low-paid workers need is the threat of privatisation hanging over their heads, and this vote for a strike shows the strength of feeling at the museum.
Unite regional officer Carolyn Simpson said:
It is unacceptable to Unite that our members are required to bear the cost of management failures at the British Museum. We believe this move to be driven by greed and totally unnecessary. We now have a situation where members, who have been working at the museum for over 30 years, are being sold off like cattle.
Support the strikers
>> Visit the picket lines during the strikes to show your support.
>> Send messages of support to Mohammed Yeayha, PCS branch secretary.