10:26 01 June 2013
Several museums, galleries, and tourist attractions will be disrupted or will be closed over the next few days due to staff walkouts. Union workers will strike over working conditions, pay, and pensions.
On Thursday, hundreds of staff at the National Gallery and Tate galleries walked out in London, which resulted to part-closure. Tate Liverpool, on the other hand, was closed yesterday (Thursday).
On Friday, staff at the National Museums Liverpool, Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums, and other staff from a range of government departments will not report for work.
This week’s strike is part of Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union’s three-month campaign culminating in a national walkout at the end of June.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka explained: "These strikes highlight the huge gap between the valuable work our members do and the contempt being shown to them by ministers who are imposing cuts and refusing to even talk to us.
“Both in our cultural attractions that are known and loved around the world, and across the civil service, the government urgently needs to invest to improve services to the public and to help our economy to grow."