Several of Wales’ top attractions will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend because of strikes by National Museum staff.
Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, the National Slate Museum in Llanberis and the National Wool Museum near Llandysul will be closed on Saturday.
National Museum Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum will remain open on Saturday, but some galleries or buildings may be closed.
The Rhyd-y-Car Terrace from Merthyr Tydfil built by Richard Crawshay, the iron master and now at St Fagans
Members of the PCS union are striking against the abolition and reduction of weekend and Bank Holiday premium payments.
A National Museum spokeswoman said: “Several of our Museums will remain open for visitors, but we would urge anyone travelling to our sites to check our website for the latest information before doing so.
“Like most other public sector organisations, we are operating within a reduced budget and are being forced to plan for even more cuts. Therefore, we have no choice but to review premium payments that currently cost the organisation around £800, 000 a year.”
The National Waterfront Museum on Swansea Marina
Also striking on Friday were more than 700 DVLA staff who walked out in a dispute over pay cuts for Saturday working. Management said the agency’s contact centre may offer a reduced service, with longer waiting times when making contact by phone or social media.
Paul Williams of the PCS said: “DVLA’s argument is that retail and other service industry employees don’t get paid extra on Saturdays so they don’t need to pay it to their staff. But what they are really saying is that, while workers elsewhere in the civil service get extra weekend pay, South Wales is a ‘low wage economy’ and they can get therefore get away with paying less to Swansea staff. It’s completely unacceptable.”