British Museum closed in job cut protest

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article British Museum staff have started strike action over plans to cut theworkforce by 15 per cent. More than 750 of the museum’s 1,000 staff held a one-day strike last week,causing it to close the venue for the day. British Museum spokesman Andrew Hamilton said 150 jobs will be cut over thenext 18 months as part of a plan to meet budgets and save £6.5m. He said it ishoped the cuts can be achieved through natural wastage, voluntary redundancies,a slowdown in recruitment and by not filling vacancies. He added the cuts wouldbe made evenly across departments. The Public and Commercial Services union blames the cuts on fallinggovernment funding, which it claims has been reduced by 30 per cent over 10years. It believes reductions in staff and other cost cutting measures will causeirreparable damage to the museum’s reputation as a centre of scholarship. PCS national Officer Terry Adams said: “I am certain the visitingpublic will wholeheartedly support PCS members fighting to secure theirlivelihoods and the future of such an important cultural asset.” www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk British Museum closed in job cut protestOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img