Historic Sites Pay Dispute
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield
English Heritage staff stage strikes over offer
Visitors to some of the North's most historic sites turned back at the gate yesterday rather than cross a staff picket line, strikers claimed last night.
English Heritage staff at sites on the Roman Wall and a number of castles and stately homes in the region staged demonstrations outside the monuments as part of a pay dispute with bosses.
Protests took place outside the Chesters and Housesteads Roman Wall sites, as well as Warkworth Castle, in Northumberland, and Tynemouth Priory.
English Heritage last night insisted that the strike had no effect on its sites which had all opened as normal.
But the union said a number of visitors to the historic sites had refused to pass picket lines and postponed their visits until the two-hour walkout was over.
Alex Flynn, from PCS, said: "Most sites remained open but were operating on a skeleton staff provided by managers and some had to close shops and cancel guided tours.
"They were also instances of the public not wishing to cross the picket lines and so they came back at 12 o'clock. …