Today's the day! - Please support Britain's national library, its museums and other heritage organisations by tweeting a selfie tagged #high5heritage and copying it to @prospectunion. The Library and other organisations are threatened with cuts of up to 40% in the forthcoming Spending Review. Coming on top of the 30% inflicted between 2010 and 2015, … Continue reading #High5heritage
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Members - and retired members - are lucky if they have not noticed the recent problems with MyCSP, the government's administrator for the Civil Service Pension Scheme. Whether seeking accurate figures for a Voluntary Exit compensation payment; a timely payment of pension after retirement; or simply an annual statement of pension expectations, British Library staff … Continue reading More pension issues
For the last decade or more, the Library has been running periodic Voluntary Exit programmes, in response or to restructures or to funding cuts. Some people have happily left with cheers to begin their retirement; others with great reluctance, feeling they had no choice. Since 2010, these exercises have come thick and fast as the … Continue reading Farewell to so many years of experience.
Despite the weather, on 26 January 2015, fifty Prospect members gathered in York to discuss problems in the heritage sector, including four from the British Library branch (Janet Ashton, Chris Martyn, John Tiplady and myself). Prospect Vice-President, Denise Maguire described the heritage sector as “A massive success story for the UK”. She introduced Prospect’s Heritage … Continue reading Heritage in a Cold Climate Summit
Every February it's LGBT History Month, and this year the theme is Coded Lives. LGBT people have existed throughout history, but often in a not very visible way. After all, groups who are systematically oppressed by a heteronormative, gender-normative patriarchy rarely have sufficient voice to be heard in a point in time, let along enough voice … Continue reading LGBT History Month 2015
This is just a quick reminder for Boston Spa Section staff - particularly those who live in York or nearby - that there are still places available on the "Heritage in a cold climate" event, to be held from 5.30 to 8pm at King's Manor, York (just outside the walls, diagonally opposite Bootham Bar). It's … Continue reading Don’t delay – sign up today
Polly Tonybee writes powerfully today about the plight of National Gallery staff. Their work increasingly outsourced and downgraded to comply with draconian cuts, they are the only Museum staff in London not be paid the living wage.
Members who watched part one of Jacques Peretti's documentary, "The Super-Rich and Us" on BBC2 on January 8th may have spotted a familiar logo. Peretti's programme discussed the theory of trickle-down economics, and how these have led instead to widening disparities in wealth as Britain seeks to attract ever larger numbers of the international super-rich … Continue reading Fame at last!