Gwent civil servants to strike today
9:40am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of civil servants in Gwent are expected to strike today in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union members at the Office for National Statistics, the Intellectual Property Office, the Identity and Passport Office and the Ministry of Justice’s Shared Service Centre are among those taking industrial action in Newport.
Magistrates’ and crown court staff across Gwent are expected to walk out, as well as those who work for the National Museum Wales.
Big Pit in Blaenavon and the Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon will be closed today as a result.
A statement said: “We regret that all National Museum Wales’ sites will be closed to the public today. This is due to UKwide industrial action by members of the Public and Commercial Service Union regarding terms and conditions in the public sector across the country.
“Our museums will re-open again tomorrow, when we will continue to offer our visitors quality experiences at each site.”
The programme of national industrial action by members of one of the UK’s largest trade unions, PCS, starts with today’s strike on budget day.
It is planned that this will be followed by further walkouts, other forms of industrial action and protests over the next three months.
The campaign is against cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions and aims to put pressure on government ministers.