London: Prince William and wife Kate’s Kensington Palace staff may go on strike in protest against a £3,000 (R3 lakh) pay cut. The staff, who deal with members of the public visiting the palace in central London, have been asked to accept reduced working hours, which will hit their annual earnings hard, ‘The Sunday Times’ reported.
The UK’s Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is to hold talks on a compromise deal tomorrow but a source close to the negotiations told the newspaper that a ballot to strike was likely to follow. All the workers involved are uniformed wardens who are employed in the parts of the palace open to the public, protecting the exhibits and helping visitors, as well as working in the ticket office.
The staff at Kensington Palace is threatening to go on strike after rejecting plans forcing them to accept a £3,000 pay cut, the report said.
The public part of the building is run by Historic Royal Palaces charity and attracts about 400,000 visitors a year. The charity said: "The changes to working hours affect a small number of colleagues in the front-of-house team at Kensington Palace. We have given a year’s notice of the planned changes and are currently in discussions with the PCS union."