Redundancies for King Charles staff during mourning period ‘heartless’, union says | King Charles III

A civil servants union has slammed the decision to give King Charles’ staff redundancy notices during the mourning period as “nothing short of heartless”.

The Guardian reported on Monday that up to 100 staff at the King’s former official residence, including some who had worked there for decades, were given notice that they could lose their jobs after he ascends the throne.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Civil and Commercial Services (PCS) union, said: “While some household changes were to be expected as roles in the royal family change, the scale and speed at which this has been announced is stark. at the ends. Not least because we don’t know what staffing the incoming Prince of Wales and his family might need.

He added that the union, which represents some palace workers, was working to ensure staff had “full job security” and that it continued to support other royals who are concerned that “their futures are upended by this announcement in this already Tough moment “.

Clarence House staff are not currently believed to have a recognized union available.

Clarence House, located next to St. James’s Palace in central London, is the official residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in London. King Charles and Camilla’s offices will move to Buckingham Palace after Queen Elizabeth II’s death and staff were expected to move.

Some people in the crowd outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night were shocked by the Guardian’s revelations about the handling of the sackings at Clarence House.

Podiatrist Christhell Hobbs, 57, a regular at royal events, said: ‘I think it’s sad. They have families to support.”

Hobbs, who left Farilight near Hastings in East Sussex first thing in the morning to see the Queen’s coffin arrive on Tuesday night, added: “Many of them have done many good years of service and now they are called : “We”. I do not want you. You have to be human in this.”

Korina Massicat, 22, a politics student at Durham University from east London, agreed:[These are] people who have worked hard and are faithful and loyal. Nobody deserves to be fired because someone dies.”

Lexi, 26, a fashion student at Central Saint Martins in London, said: “It’s quite shocking. I don’t get it, he just died. It’s more important to have the funeral – I don’t think it’s the right time to do it right now.”

Gary Taylor, 54, a property developer from Gray’s End, said: “It’s a bad time. It’s not what you’d expect because it’s so soon.”

Many in the crowd refused to believe the news, even after seeing it on the Internet. One woman said it was “scary”, while another said people were “not ready to hear negative things right now”.

Private secretaries, the finance office, the communications team and domestic staff are among those given redundancy notices during a service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday.

The BBC said it understood the royal household had received legal advice that the information would be shared with staff as soon as possible, despite efforts to delay the announcement until after the Queen’s funeral.

Staff being made redundant are expected to be offered alternative employment searches across the royal household, help to find new jobs abroad and “enhanced” severance pay beyond the legal minimum.

A small number of staff providing personal support to Charles and Camilla will remain in place, although no final decisions appear to have been made ahead of the consultation period, which begins after Monday’s funeral.

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