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Welsh museum workers reach deal over pay dispute

Museum workers in Wales have voted to accept a deal aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over pay.

The dispute has been a long running one over pay.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at National Museum Wales, who have been on indefinite strike, backed the agreement by almost four to one.

The row flared over allowances for working weekends and bank holidays. Industrial action will now end, and Wales's national museums will reopen fully to the public over the coming days.

This resounding vote brings to an end an incredible campaign by museum staff who can be very proud of what they've achieved through standing together and refusing to be bullied. They are truly inspirational and I pay tribute to each and every one of them, and they can now go back to the jobs they love with their heads held high.

– Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS union

Our immediate priority is to bring the staff - those who were on strike as well as those who stayed in work - together again around our services and core aims as an organisation. This must be one of the most challenging times the museum has ever faced and our financial position remains extremely serious. Yet there are many exciting projects for the museum to be proud of, such as the redevelopment of St Fagans National History Museum, which hold the promise of a strong and positive future.

– David Anderson, Director General

Wales fall to crushing defeat in final All Blacks test

Wales have fallen to a comprehensive defeat to the All Blacks in the third and final test match in New Zealand.

Warren Gatland's side have lost all four games in New Zealand. Credit: PA

Warren Gatland's side lost 46-6 in Dunedin, to conclude a 3-0 series loss.

Two early Dan Biggar penalties did see Wales in the lead up to the mid-way point of the first half, but a try from George Moala and the kicking ability of Beauden Barrett meant New Zealand wrapped up the first period 18-6 in front.

If the first 40 minutes were close, the second half saw New Zealand run riot - two early tries from Beauden Barrett, followed by two more from Dan Coles and Israel Dagg right at the end, highlighted the All Blacks' domination.


Odds slashed on Wales winning Euros ahead of Northern Ireland clash

Odds on Wales winning Euro 2016 have been slashed ahead of this afternoon's match with Northern Ireland.

Wales are now 10th favourite to win Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Bookmaker William Hill have given Chris Coleman's side odds of 20/1 - down from an initial 66/1 at the start of the tournament. As such they're favorites to make it through to the quarter finals today, priced at 4/9 compared to Northern Ireland on 7/4.

The match is Wales' second all British tie of the tournament following their 2-1 defeat to England in the group stages. It's expected to generate upwards of of £15m industry-wide turnover.

This game is going to be huge as it gives one of Wales or Northern Ireland the chance to reach a quarter final. Because of everything that is at stake for both sides we expect fans to put their money where their mouths are

– Joe Crilly, William Hill spokesman

Elsewhere Wales forward Gareth Bale is now favourite to end the tournament as top goalscorer, with odds of 7/2.

The Real Madrid man, who had odds of 50/1 to take home the golden boot at the start of the campaign, has scored three goals in consecutive games so far.

How will Brexit affect the pounds in your pocket?

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With the confirmation of Britain voting to leave the EU today, many have been asking how better or worse off will we now be outside of the European Union. The topic has also been the heart of the debate over the last few months.

Richard Morgan has been looking at what it'll mean for the pounds in our pockets.


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