Liverpool museums strike suspended as staff vote on new offer

World Museum Liverpool - National Museums Liverpool workers have been striking over pay and conditions
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A long-running strike at National Museums Liverpool (NML) is to be suspended to allow members to vote on a new offer.

Almost 200 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union at National Museums Liverpool (NML) were balloted as to whether to leave their posts over a pay dispute regarding a cost-of-living payment before Christmas.

So far PCS members have taken more than 60 days of action after claiming the employer was withholding a £1,500 payment, which made up part of the Government's pay offer for 2022/23.

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Following talks this week, the PCS is putting the employer's improved offer to a ballot of all members. Strike action due to take place during half-term next week, from May 28 to June 2, has now been suspended.

PCS general secretary Fran Heathcote said: "Our members at National Museums Liverpool were furious at being excluded from a cost-of-living crisis payment that was paid to civil servants following our national campaign. They then went out on picket lines in all weather conditions to fight for what they deserved.

"It is down to their remarkable determination and creativity that we have negotiated an offer from management which we will put to a vote of all NML members involved in the dispute in the coming days."

Earlier this year, Laura Pye, director of National Museums Liverpool, responded to the industrial action, stating the organisation did not agree with some of the strikes taken and “greatly value” its “loyal staff.”

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