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Series of strikes to be held at museums across Wales

A series of Easter strikes are to be held at museums in Wales in a long-running dispute over weekend working.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union also took industrial action in August 2015, pictured above, in a dispute about pay Credit: ITV Wales News

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will take action at the Big Pit National Coal Museum today, and the National Wool Museum in Drefach and National Waterfront Museum in Swansea tomorrow.

There will also be walkouts on Easter Sunday at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis and National History Museum in St Fagans, and strikes at the Big Pit museum and National Museum in Cardiff on Easter Monday.

We are glad to hear that National Museum Wales are now considering re-entering talks with us after all, following intervention by Welsh ministers. They have made no commitment, however, to improve their offer on some of our key concerns.

– PCS Wales Secretary, Shavanah Taj

The National Museum for Wales says it "regrets" that a number of museums will be affected by the action.

The Museum is trying to bring the two-year dispute with PCS over planned changes to weekend working allowances, to a conclusion.

Last week, Amgueddfa Cymru announced that it would start consulting with staff affected by the proposed changes to the allowances (Premium Payments) on an individual basis from 4 April, unless an alternative solution could be achieved before then. This remains to be the case.

– National Museum Wales spokesperson