Unions representing 600 members of the Queen's staff are to press for basic pay increases of 2.9 per cent. A handful of senior staff will also receive performance-related rises which would take their total increase to almost seven per cent. But most workers, including gardeners, porters, clerical staff and chambermaids, would receive considerably less, according to union officials. Talks will be held later this month before a deal backdated to 1 April.
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