Amgueddfa Cymru loses 23 posts

But loss of positions at National Museum Wales is fewer than predicted
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A major restructure at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales will result in the loss of 23 permanent posts from the service.

The move follows a 90-day consultation with its 650 staff and trade unions. Earlier this year, the museum estimated that 35 permanent posts would be lost.

A National Museum Wales statement said: “In January, Amgueddfa Cymru presented a proposed new structure to its staff and trade unions, which would help achieve the savings of £2.5m required over the next three years due to a reduced budget.” 

A total of 134 jobs will be affected by the restructure, including staff on fixed-term contracts that will not be extended or renewed.

Compulsory redundancies may be avoided through voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes, as well as redeployment into vacant posts.

But Gareth Howells, the Cardiff-based representative of the Prospect trade union, said that “the loss of expertise from National Museum Wales is very worrying”.

The statement from National Museum Wales said the museum would continue to have a substantial curatorial and conservation team made up of 120 members of staff with “high-level international expertise across all departments”.

Director general David Anderson said: “The new structure will not affect the day-to-day operations of the seven national museums across Wales.”

Howells also raised concerns that premium payments for staff working unsociable hours would be cut as part of the overhaul.

A National Museum Wales spokeswoman said: “Our senior management team is reviewing the payment of premiums, which are currently offered to encourage working at the weekend.”

In a consultative ballot of Prospect members last month, 74%voted in favour of strike action over the way in which the restructure had been managed.


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