About 100 people who worked for Prince Charles could be fired now that he’s been proclaimed king, a union said Wednesday.
According to reports from The Guardian, staff at Clarence House, the King’s former official residence in London during his reign as Prince of Wales, have been told they may be out of work on Monday.
The information came as a service of thanksgiving was held for Queen Elizabeth at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, the outlet said.
Those on the verge of being dismissed from their jobs include private secretaries and individuals who work 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.
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.