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Prince William's charity to face strike
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The UK union Unite has accused a charity run by Prince William of wasting resources on top lawyers to halt an industrial action planned for earlier this month.

Chief executives at the homelessness charity Centrepoint hired one of the world's most expensive lawyers working for the top law firm Eversheds in a bid to stop workers at the charity from staging a walkout, which they had overwhelmingly voted for, The Morning Star newspaper reported.

Unite regional officer Matt Smith said members would now be re-balloted, with industrial action likely next month.

He argued that the organization could avert the strikes by engaging in meaningful negotiations rather than seeking to antagonize the workforce by relying on anti-union laws.

"Instead of adopting the path of conciliation and compromise, Centrepoint, even though pleading poverty, has managed to hire one of the largest and richest law firms," Smith said.

"Managers have denied our representatives the opportunity to use notice boards to inform the employees of the strike while at the same time used information taken from our private correspondence to our members to enable them to threaten us with an injunction," added the Unite regional officer.

Workers at the charity had voted for strike against cuts, which they said could oblige them to longer working hours and slash their pay by thousands of pounds.

The charity's annual budget has been reduced by 27 percent after the government introduced huge spending cuts to the country's public services to reduce its record budget deficit since World War Two.

However, the report said, the charity's top executives have been earning salaries of 60,000 to £110,000 despite all these woes.

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