United Kingdom -Royal Household workers protest -April 03, 2015

Protest after years of pay restraint has left loyal workers paid below the widely-recognised living wage, with new recruits starting on as little as £14,400 a year.

The trade union of staff workers at Windsor Castle will open a ballot over allowances. It would be the first such action specific to the Royal Households and comes after years of pay restraint has left loyal workers paid below the widely-recognised living wage, with new recruits starting on as little as £14,400 a year. Despite this, workers are expected to carry out extra unpaid duties, including giving tours of the castle - even though visitors are charged for these - and acting as language interpreters and first aiders. The PCS union, which represents 120 of the 200 staff at Windsor, says non-strike industrial action would involve withdrawal of this goodwill, and would have a significant impact on the services provided to visitors. An unsatisfactory pay offer for 2014 was only narrowly accepted by staff on the understanding that the additional allowances would be considered in 2015.

English: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events ...  

 

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