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Strike negotiations to avoid Liverpool museum protests?

Workers are unhappy about a suggested four-year pay freeze.

19 July 2011

Strike negotiations could be required to avert protests between National Museums Liverpool (NML) and staff.

The dispute is over the proposed four-year pay freeze from NML, with one-third of employees currently paid £15,000 or less.

Peter Middleman, Public and Communication Service (PCS) Union regional secretary, noted the "brunt" of budget cuts is being faced by the lower-paid workers, while executives earn over £70,000.

PCS chair for the National Museums Liverpool branch Clara Paillard said: "We're asking visitors to support us by writing to the museums' directors asking them to honour the pay rise [that] even the government says we should have."

Unless union bargaining can find a resolution between the pair, there is a chance workers will take to the picket line to showcase their disapproval of the situation.

The issues come as the new Museum of Liverpool opens today (July 19th), with one of the attractions a picture of the cityscape of the area.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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