His­toric royal palaces work­ers to strike over pen­sion changes

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Business -

STAFF at the Tower of Lon­don and his­toric royal palaces, in­clud­ing Hamp­ton Court and Kens­ing­ton, are to stage a pre-Christ­mas strike in a row over pen­sions.

Mem­bers of the Pub­lic and Com­mer­cial Ser­vices union (PCS) em­ployed by His­toric Royal Palaces (HRP) will walk out on De­cem­ber 21.

The work­ers voted 9-1 in favour of strikes in a 72 per cent turnout.

The union said the char­ity planned to move staff to a de­fined con­tri­bu­tion pen­sion scheme which would leave them “sig­nif­i­cantly worse off ” in re­tire­ment.

PCS gen­eral sec­re­tary, Mark Ser­wotka, said: “The un­war­ranted at­tack on our mem­bers’ pen­sions has forced them to vote for strike ac­tion.

“Our mem­bers are not paid a king’s ran­som and the pen­sion is one of the things that en­cour­ages peo­ple to stay in the job and de­liver a first class ser­vice to the pub­lic.

“Peo­ple who trea­sure these his­toric build­ings in Lon­don should be left in no doubt that any dis­rup­tion caused due to strike ac­tion will be solely down to HRP’s in­tran­si­gence in not pay­ing our mem­bers a de­cent pen­sion.”

Mem­bers of the GMB union at the char­ity are also be­ing bal­loted for in­dus­trial ac­tion in the same dis­pute.

Staff at the Tower of Lon­don will strike on De­cem­ber 21 over pro­posed pen­sion changes

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