National Library of Wales staff strike over pay dispute

Picket Line outside the National Library - Photo by Alex Tanton

Picket Line outside the National Library – Photo by Alex Tanton

NATIONAL Library of Wales staff walked out today [10th] in a dispute over pay, forcing the library to close.

Unions balloted for strike action over a lack of any consolidated pay rise in the last five years, leaving some staff earning below the living wage.

Staff are asking for a 1% consolidated pay rise, in line with pay rises being made across the public sector in Wales.

The library said it was disappointed that a 3% pay award offered in February had been refused.

Chief Executive and Librarian Aled Gruffydd Jones said:

“The library has already offered all staff a pay award of 3% together with an additional sum to employees on low wages, back dated to April 2013, placing the organisation in a position to meet the Welsh government’s Living Wage target by April 2015.”

Lyn Lewis Dafis, Chair of Prospect for Welsh Heritage, said:

“What worries me greatly is the effect on the future of the library, with the type and calibre of staff the library can recruit on these wages. I understand it is difficult and we want to support and work with the library, but they have to work with us too.”