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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 winning in the jobs market

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Wales has seen the biggest jump in job prospects in the UK.

Manpower says the jobs market here is thriving and Wales tops the jobs leaderboard. The company asks firms whether they're hiring or firing.

We're very pleased to see job prospects in Wales so strong for the quarter ahead, and well in front of the national average.

The upbeat Outlook this quarter has been driven by several factors. For example, we're seeing a boom in industrial and manufacturing work across the region and high demand from the healthcare sector for NHS administrative and clerical roles in particular.

In addition, companies like BT and EE have upped their call centre staff recruitment, and Cardiff is set to benefit from supermarket Aldi's search for around 400 new staff over the next few months

– Krissie Davies, Operations Director, Manpower

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McCluskey calls on government to save steel industry

The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has called on the government to save the steel industry, as hundreds of steelworkers marched through Westminster to highlight the crisis.

The board of Tata Steel is meeting in Mumbai but has yet to draw up a shortlist of potential buyers for its UK assets.

Thousands of jobs are at risk, with the Port Talbot plant in south Wales facing closure if a buyer cannot be found.

The issue still has to be resolved. We want a secure, guaranteed future for a foundation industry that is vital for our nation.

The whole of our manufacturing depends on British steel and I'm pleased that the government appear to be getting that message, but we want to make certain that those warm words are turned into positive action.

– Len McCluskey, Unite

Steel workers set to march to put pressure on UK government

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Hundreds of steelworkers are to stage a march in London to keep pressure on the Government to help secure the future of their crisis-hit industry.

Workers from plants across the country will gather on May 25 before walking past Downing Street and Parliament.

Those taking part work for several companies, including Tata, which is selling its loss-making UK assets, including the huge plant at Port Talbot in south Wales.

The steelworkers will demand that the Government works to ensure a responsible sale of Tata Steel and deliver a proper industrial strategy to support the entire steel sector throughout the current crisis.

For months, the Save Our Steel campaign has engaged hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.

This march will bring steelworkers to London to focus all our attention on delivering a clear message to government: save our jobs, support our communities and deliver the fantastic future for British steel making we know it can have.

– Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community union

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Report: Reduce zero-hour contracts for care workers

Zero-hour contracts are effecting the ability of care workers to provide an effective level of service says a report commissioned by the Welsh Government.

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The study says zero-hour contracts increase anxiety around job security and hamper reliability in the independent care sector, "creating strain and dissatisfaction with service provision".

The findings from Manchester Met University recommend more secure contracts for the majority of domiciliary care workers and for zero-hour contracts to be used sparingly.

Researchers highlight several factors influencing working conditions: long working hours for little financial gain; perception of the industry as low skilled; lack of continuous training; and short visits to service users affording a lack of time for care.

It is clear that domiciliary care workers in Wales are doing a fantastic job, motivated by a sense of altruism to provide the best care possible.

However, they face a mix of pressures that affect their ability and motivation to deliver domiciliary care to the standard they aspire to.

– Lead researcher Carol Atkinson, Professor of Human Resource Management at Manchester Met

Video game developer to create 70 new Welsh jobs

Game developers Relentless Software are to open a new studio in Wales, creating 70 jobs.

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Brighton based Relentless, who is collaborating with Hasbro to develop multiple new projects, decided to base their work in Wales following Welsh Government funding support of £550,000.

We are so pleased by the Welsh Government backing our new studio in Wales. Without their support, we wouldn’t have been able to keep these new products in the UK, which was, of course, our preference. We are grateful, and also very pleased to be able to help grow the games community in Wales, and that the local talented workforce can obtain high quality development jobs here in Wales.

– Andrew Eades, Director of Relentless

This is a highly strategic project and a significant coup for the digital media sector in Wales. It will be Wales’ second major inward investment games development studio that will create 70 skilled jobs and attract £Ms of investment to Wales from a global entertainment company.

Wales has a growing international reputation as a centre for digital media and I am delighted that a global multinational name like Hasbro is investing in Wales and hope this will lead to further collaboration in the future.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister
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