But hacked-off Buckingham Palace cleaners have now clinched a decent pay rise from their bosses – after we exposed their plight.
Royal aides intervened when we revealed the workers were having to take second jobs to survive.
Now the palace has agreed to pay them £7.50 an hour from November 1 and given assurances there will be no job losses or cuts in hours to fund the rise.
They will also get new changing rooms with lockers to make working conditions better after they complained about the lack of facilities.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said last night: “This is really good news for the workers who clean the royal palaces. They have my admiration for the way they have conducted their campaign for decent pay.”
The cleaners highlighted their demands with a 2,000-signature petition, which was handed to the Government just before US President Barack Obama arrived at the palace in May to meet the Queen.
One worker even appeared on YouTube claiming they were made to work under pressure and had to take in their own food when footmen and waiters are given free meals.
Royal aides opened talks with the PCS, which campaigned to get them the London Living Wage of £8.30 an hour. They settled for a £1.05 rise but the fight goes on.
The Royal Household receives £30million of taxpayers’ money every year – half of it for the upkeep of the palaces.
A spokesman said last night: “We are pleased that an increase in their hourly rate has been made possible.”