THOUSANDS of Wirral’s council staff are to be sent letters telling them they are at high risk of redundancy, according to union leaders.
Hundreds of council workers packed Wallasey town hall jeering at the authority’s ruling cabinet as it prepared the way to make major cuts, including redundancies.
The authority says it must deal with a £39m deficit in next year’s budget.
The cabinet met to allow the authority’s chief executive Graham Burgess to open negotiations with unions over changes to staff terms and conditions, ahead of a major announcement on wider council cuts.
He told the meeting he would today be announcing a package of cuts options totalling £49m for “members of the public, staff and councillors” to choose from, and said: “Let me make it clear, that the options will be in excess of those required to give a range of choices.”
He said the focus would be protecting frontline services to minimise the “impact on our most vulnerable”, but said reducing conditions of service for staff would help reduce the chance of redundancies
Unison branch secretary Joe Taylor told the cabinet meeting the changes could see some of the council’s lowest paid workers losing thousands of pounds in pay or redundancy packages under the proposed changes.