Friday 15 April, 2016

National Museums Scotland and PCS Union are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement which will bring to an end the long running industrial dispute over payment of weekend allowances.

Funding support from the Scottish Government and efficiency savings have enabled National Museums Scotland and the PCS Trade Union to reach an agreement to buy out weekend working allowances and improve the pay of the lowest paid members of staff.

The buy-out is a single one-off payment to end the allowances. This offer has been combined with a previously-made offer (December 2015) which improves the pay of the lowest paid members of staff.

PCS membership considered the revised offer last week and agreed the proposals. This brings the dispute to an end and means the planned strike action for weekends during April will no longer take place. 

Issued by Susan Gray, Press Office, National Museums Scotland tel 0131 247 4088 or email

Notes to editors

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum.  The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  1. Opening hours:

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00

National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield
East Lothian EH39 5LF
Opening times 25 March – 31 October: daily 10.00 – 17.00

National Museum of Rural Life
Wester Kittochside
Philipshill Road
East Kilbride G76 9HR
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00

National War Museum
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh EH1 2NG
Opening times 1 April – 30 September: 9:45-17:45 

  1. PCS is one of the UK's largest unions and represents civil and public servants in central government and in parts of government transferred to the private sector. Mark Serwotka is the general secretary and the president is Janice Godrich – on Twitter @janicegodrich. The national officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland is Lynn Henderson. If you require any further information or to arrange interviews please contact Joy Dunn, Parliamentary, Campaigns, Media and Research Officer contact mobile 07707 311 589 email
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