NEWS Windsor Castle staff to hold ballot on industrial action

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    The Queen is facing the prospect of the first ever industrial action by members of the royal household.
    More than 100 low-paid staff at Windsor Castle are due to be balloted from Tuesday in a dispute about leading guided tours, the Public and Commercial Services union [PCS] said.
    The announcement of the ballot came just ahead of David Cameron’s meeting with the Queen about the official dissolution of parliament. A vote in favour would trigger members of the royal household taking industrial action just days before the general election.
    The PCS claims staff have suffered years of pay restraint and are paid less than the living wage. PCS said new recruits at the castle start on as little as £14,400 a year.
    The union, which represents 120 of the 200 staff at the castle, has proposed non-strike action that would involve the withdraw of goodwill, such as giving tours of the castle to paying visitors of the castle. :eek::razz::up:

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