Museum staff are set to strike after plans to axe 38 jobs were revealed.

UNISON members in the Glasgow Museums and Collections team will take five days of strike action from Monday, October 23 as they hit back at Glasgow Life over cuts in jobs and services.

The union claims Glasgow Life, a Glasgow City Council arms-length organisation, is looking to cut 38 jobs, with the museums and collections section facing a 30% cut in posts.

Brian Smith, UNISON Glasgow Secretary, said: “Our members remain in a hugely difficult position, despite some changes to the job cuts proposal by Glasgow Life at the eleventh hour. But it was too little, too late.

"These workers are taking a stand to defend both themselves and the city’s world-class museums. They deserve support.

"UNISON calls on Glasgow City Council’s political leaders to intervene and provide the funding required to resolve this dispute”.

A spokesperson for the union added: "Members are extremely concerned about the 30% cut to Collections Care and Access staff within Glasgow Life Museums and Collections.

"These cuts represent an immediate and acute risk to the security and safety of the City’s Museums, Archives and Special Collections.

"As Glasgow has the largest and finest civic collection in the UK, and one of the greatest civic collections in Europe, valued in excess of £1.4 billion, the cuts are both incredibly irresponsible and a high-profile accident waiting to happen.

"Glasgow risks following the example of the British Museum in terms of international reputational damage."

A spokesperson for Glasgow Life said cuts of £7.1 million were a result of Glasgow City Council slashing the organisation's annual service fee in February,

They added: "The measures identified within our museums and collections service, which were approved by the Council, are a direct consequence of the continued pressures on public sector finance.

"Senior museums officers have met with UNISON and our other trade unions repeatedly this year to explain the financial context for Glasgow Life’s operating climate and to discuss the implications of the planned staffing reduction within Glasgow Life’s Museums service.

"To achieve a balanced budget, and without additional funding, our only option would be to take the savings agreed in museums from elsewhere in Glasgow Life."

They also said the cuts would ensure none of Glasgow Life's facilities would have to close.