Buckingham Palace in a pickle over poverty pay

Union chiefs urge the Queen to sign up as a ‘Living Wage’ employer

Friday, 27th May — By Tom Foot

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UNION chiefs have urged Queen Elizabeth to sign up to become a “Living Wage” employer after a poverty-pay job advertisement for a live-in housekeeper at Buckingham Palace.

Unite Hospitality said the wage being offered by one of the richest landowners in the country was below the national minimum.

The Royal Household, which is gearing up for the big Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week, posted an advert initially offering around £1 less that the £8.70 an hour minimum for jobs that include accommodation and meals.

The rate was later removed from the online advert with a Buckingham Palace spokesman saying it had been made in error and insisting the overall package was “very competitive” given the “unique work environment”.

But the union Unite Hospitality said: “We would encourage Her Majesty to become a Living Wage employer and to sign up to our Fair Hospitality Charter to ensure Buckingham Palace workers are treated fairly.”

Employers have been signing up to a new “real living wage” as part of a campaign to support people during the cost of living crisis.

Thousands of employers have in the last year signed up to pay the higher rate, currently set at around £11.05 in the capital.

“This case serves to highlight the rampant exploitation of migrant domestic workers allowed through lack of legislative protections which allow rich households to abuse and exploit mostly migrant women workers,” a Unite spokesman told The Big Issue.

The job advert offers a salary without board and meals at £19,909 per annum includes a generous employer contribution.

No experience is necessary and that the experience gained would be a “career pathway” into the high-level hospitality industry.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the hourly rate initially published in the advert was done so “in error”.

They added: “The full remuneration package for this role includes the offer of accommodation and meals, which makes the offer very competitive for similar roles in London.”

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