The Banksy exhibition will be targeted by union members in a dispute over job losses at Glasgow’s museums.

The show at GoMA along with the Burrell Collection will be the focus of protests by Unison which says almost one third of jobs at the Museums and Collections department will be cut.

The union said 37 posts from a total of 128 are to be lost this year to save Glasgow Life, which runs the museums, £1.5 million.

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The Banksy Cut and Run show has attracted huge attention and together with the newly re-opened Burrell Collection winning the prestigious award of Art Fund Museum of the Year and the Mary Quant fashion exhibit are just some of the successes of the museums, said the union.

The Banksy exhibition has been seen by tens of thousands with the GoMa opening during the night to meet demand.

Unison added, however, visitors to the shows would be “shocked” to find out about the job cuts.

Unison said: “The Museum Conservation department is being reduced by 40%.

“Curatorial staff and Collections Management are facing heavy cuts.

“Savaging cuts to the professional teams will result in a loss of skills, knowledge, creativity and essential care of Glasgow’s world-renowned museum collections.

“Public programmes, displays, exhibitions and online content will be vastly reduced as a result.”

Glasgow Life said savings will mean no venues have to close and many of the posts are vacant.

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Unison said curators, conservators, technicians, outreach and learning assistants, collections staff and staff from photography, editorial and design will be cut

The protests will take place outside Kelvingrove and the Burrell, in Pollok Park over the next two weekends.

A Unison branch spokesperson said: “Unison demands Glasgow Councillors stand up for our museums, not pass on the funding attacks from the Scottish and UK Governments.  We call on Glasgow City Councillors to reverse these devastating cuts to our Museums and Collections.  

“Our Museums and Collections are world-renowned and internationally lauded. They need to be protected and cherished. “

A spokesperson for Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow’s museums and collections receive careful and considered care and this is going to continue.

"The savings Glasgow Life is making this year add up to around 9% of the annual service fee the charity receives from Glasgow City Council and ensure we will not have to close any venues.

"More than half of the Glasgow Life Museums posts affected by these savings measures are currently vacant.

"We are currently working closely with staff and unions to work through what this will mean for individual members of staff.

"Wherever possible, we have identified ways of making savings by reducing, rather than losing, Glasgow Life services, programmes and events, retaining the potential to rebuild them in the future.”