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Museum staff strike against increased hours and cut breaks

STAFF at two London museums will stage a fresh strike today in protest at contract changes that have increased working time and cut breaks.

National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory staff in Greenwich walked out on New Year’s Day over the imposed changes, which mean they will work an extra three weeks a year without proper compensation.

Prospect negotiations officers Caroline Hemmington said: “This strike is not about stopping people from going to the museum, but to highlight how detrimental these changes have been on the staff affected.

“Members have decided to take a second day of strike action to demonstrate to management how significantly these changes are felt on a day-to-day basis.

“Prospect is working towards finding a resolution for our members, and the best way to do this is by continuing to engage in constructive discussions with management.”

A spokesman for the museums said the changes were the result of the visitor experience and commerce departments being merged.

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