Up to half of the Queen's household staff could lose their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Royal Collection Trust staff staging a protest outside Windsor Castle.
Hundreds of the Royal Collection Trust's 600 royal staff could be axed while remaining workers are facing pension cuts after Covid-19 created an £18 million black hole in Her Majesty's finances.
Royal staff held a silent protest outside Windsor Castle on Tuesday over the new plans, which could see more redundancies handed out.
Up to half of the Royal Collection Trust's 600 royal staff could be axed after Covid-19 created an £18 million black hole in Her Majesty's finances
Royal staff held a silent protest outside Windsor Castle on Tuesday over the new plans, which could see 200 compulsory redundancies handed out
Workers were seen holding a sign saying 'loyalty is a two-way street' and 'King Henry cut off heads... now they want to axe our jobs and cut our pensions'.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents the workers, said 104 staff showed an interest in voluntary redundancies, with 92 taking them.
The union added that there could still be another 200 compulsory redundancies for royal household staff.
But workers who are keeping their jobs are set to face a seven per cent cut to their non-contributory pensions.
Mark Page, industrial officer at PCS, said: 'Loyal staff members should not be facing threats like this.
'Even acknowledging the pandemic, vulnerable staff believe the Royal Household has enough assets to ride out the financial storm having had record numbers of ticket sales and retail sales in recent years.
'Profits directly attributed to the very department the Royal Household is now penalising.'
The Royal Collection Trust (RCT) is in charge of royal artwork and public tours at Her Majesty's residences.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents the royal staff, said workers who are keeping their jobs could face a 7% cut to non-contributory pensions
It employees 600 people across the country including at Buckingham Palace and in Windsor, Berkshire.
A RCT spokesman said: 'Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the finances of Royal Collection Trust, we have had to take a number of steps to reduce staff-related costs.
'As well as implementing a pay freeze and offering a voluntary severance programme to employees, we have just completed a period of consultation on a proposed