WORKERS jeered Wirral council’s ruling Labour cabinet as it arrived to begin making decisions on cuts.
The authority is currently struggling with a mounting budget deficit, expected to be at least £39m next year, and is seeking ways to save money.
While it continues a wide- ranging public consultation on proposals to cuts jobs and services, the authority met at Wallasey town hall last night to begin making in-roads into its budget deficit.
Despite the most controversial decisions on which services to be cut not due to be decided until February it was a rowdy meeting as hundreds of workers and members of the public jeered and stamped their feet.
And, as council leader Cllr Phil Davies explained the cuts “originated in Whitehall with the Tory and Lib Dem coalition government”, he faced further jeers and calls to “fight them”.
Unison branch secretary Joe Taylor told the cabinet: “Do not smash the communities of the people who voted you in.”
He also warned the councillors: “There are no elections next year but people have long memories when they lose their jobs and pay and services.”
However, Cllr Davies insisted they would try to protect frontline services but said the consequences of not balancing the budget would be commissioners being sent in by the government to “force through the cuts”.