Strike threat to National Museum

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A strike could force the closure of one of Scotland's major museums today.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union will form a picket line at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this morning.

The industrial action at the visitor attraction in Chambers Street is part of a dispute over weekend allowances.

The union said staff appointed after January 2011 were denied enhanced payments for working at weekends.

PCS branch secretary Robert Burns said: "We won the fight to reinstate weekend payments a number of years ago and we will do so again.

"Management may think this is a way to run a national institution, but we don't.

"It may be a long struggle but we will continue fighting until all our members get a decent wage for the work they do."

The museum normally opens from 12pm to 5pm on Boxing Day.

A decision on whether to open will be taken on the day depending on how many staff turn up to work, a spokesman said.

"Due to anticipated industrial action this week, the National Museum of Scotland may be closed on December 26," he said.

"These circumstances are entirely outside of our control and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to our visitors, particularly at this time of year.

"The museum will open as normal on Friday December 27."

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