Protests are shacking Windsor Castel. Workers at one of the favorite palaces of Queen Elisabeth menaced a strike as a manifestation against low wages. The employees of the monarch of the United Kingdom, who has been in charge for the past 63 years, earn a salary that is lower than the minimum wage in UK. In addition, they are asked unpaid overtime duties, as accompanying paying tourists in guided tours or first aid maneuver in cases of emergency.
There are 200 workers in Windsor, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) represents 120 of them and states that the Royal Crown did not keep its promise of paying overtime.
Within April 14, those registered to PCS are going to vote to determine whether to take industrial actions or not. If the majority of people vote ‘yes’ the employees of the Queen will stop duties that are not in the contract.
“It is outrageous that the employees are underpaid and are even asked to work for free for activities that earn money to the Royal Family,” said the secretary of PCS, Mark Serwotka. Employees involved ibn the manifestation are those patrolling corridors and rooms opened to the public and those at the ticket office.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa