Workers in Swansea unaffected by multi-million pound budget cuts from National Museum Wales
MUSEUM workers in Swansea will not be affected by a major restructure to National Museum Wales.
The organisation, which runs museum venues across South Wales, is looking to make £2.5 million in savings over the next three years.
The plans could see 35 permanent jobs being cut and 160 posts affected in the bid to significantly cut costs.
A 90-day consultation has now started with staff and trade unions over the changes which will not affect workers at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum.
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The budget at the marina based attraction will also remain unchanged.
Staff numbers at the National Wool Museum in Carmarthenshire will also be unaffected.
A spokeswoman for National Museum Wales said: "The museum sector has been evolving and people's expectations of museums are different today to what they were even a decade ago. National Museum Wales has to refocus its work to meet the changing expectations of its visitors.
"Subject to the consultation, around 35 permanent posts will be lost from the current structure and, overall, around 160 posts affected in some way.
"National Museum Wales hopes to avoid compulsory redundancies by offering redeployment and schemes such as voluntary redundancy and early retirement.
"The proposed changes will not affect the day-to-day operations of the seven national museums across Wales.
"National Museum Wales will continue to offer visitors quality experiences at each of its sites, which together attracted over 1.6 million people last year.
"The museum also remains committed to delivering key projects such as the redevelopment of St Fagans: National History Museum, National Museum of Natural Science and building upon partnership work throughout Wales and beyond.
"National Museum Wales has entered into a 90-day consultation process with its staff and other partners to fully explore all options and proposals."