Approximately 100 individuals who worked for Prince Charles could be dismissed now that he has been declared King, according to a labor union on Wednesday.
Per reports from The Guardian, employees at Clarence House, the King’s previous official London residence during his reign as Prince of Wales, were notified that they could be stripped of their job on Monday.
The information was given while a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth was happening in St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, said the outlet.
Those at the edge of being stripped of their jobs include private secretaries and individuals working in the finance and communications department.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) urged for an “immediate halt to the redundancy process,” further stating that a few workers had been in their posts for decades.
“[The] decision to announce redundancies in the Royal Household during the period of national mourning is nothing short of heartless,” said the PCS.
Although employees working for the Royal family at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and other palaces are subject to an exemption from some employment laws, “it does not appear that Clarence House is, so we will be ensuring that all measures are taken to protect any staff, who choose to join PCS,” the union said.
PCS to Protect Employees’ Rights
Declared king after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles will transfer his official residence to Buckingham Palace.
And although a few staffing alterations were to be foreseen, “the scale and speed” at which possible layoff had been announced was “callous in the extreme,” said PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka in a statement.
Setwotka further said it was not clear what staffing departments Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, would need when he transferred his offices to Clarence House.
“Many of these staff will be the same people who have so diligently supported the new King during this period of mourning, working extremely hard over recent days only to be given redundancy notices as thanks,” PCS further stated.
According to the union, it would visit Clarence House “as soon as possible” to offer staff awareness of their legal rights and the support available for them.