Union members working at National Museums Liverpool (NML) are being asked to consider striking over a cost-of-living crisis payment.

The Public and Commercial Services Union has this week opened a strike ballot for workers which will run until the end of January.

The potential strike is planned over a £1,500 one-off cost-of-living payment which it said has yet to be paid to staff.

The union claims NML, which includes the International Slavery Museum, Maritime Museum, and Museum of Liverpool, is the only employer out of over 200 covered by the civil service pay remit guidance which is yet to make the payment.

Last July, some PCS members were set to strike having not yet received the payment. Workers at the British Museum had planned a six day strike but called it off after reaching an agreement which included the payment.

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“Our members at NML deserve the same pay rise as their colleagues across the UK and, as they vividly demonstrated in 2023, will not shy away from taking action if their bosses don’t do the decent thing and pay up,” said PCS in a statement.

National Museums Liverpool has been approached for comment.

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