Demo as axe hangs over 200 staff jobs

TRADE unions plan to lobby Calderdale Council’s budget meeting on Monday in a bid to protect jobs.

Councillors are ready to make about 200 staff redundant and scrap another 100 vacant posts to cut costs.

GMB union organiser Gary Baker said: “For months we have been seeking alternatives to compulsory redundancies and it is not too late for councillors to listen to our concerns and realise the damage they will have.

“Every job cut means a reduction in services and will damage the quality of provision.”

The unions have collected a 2,000-plus name petition in the hope of securing a special council debate.

Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors who jointly run the authority say savings are inevitable because of cuts in Government grants. But they will do everything possible to protect front-line services and to keep people in work.

The budget meeting is due to begin at Halifax Town Hall at 6pm and the union lobby will take place from 5pm.

The council is looking to spend £65 million less during the next three years and there is not expected to be any increase in council tax this year.