GMB officers and shop stewards will be meeting with the council to discuss these cuts in order to protect the interests of our members.
GMB, the union for public sector workers, responded to the devastating news that 2,000 jobs now face the axe at Wolverhampton City Council. See notes to editors for press report.
Karen Leonard, GMB regional organiser, said: "Today's announcement of a jobs cull in Wolverhampton due to the cuts is a devastating blow to GMB members, who now face an uncertain future. Jobs and working hours are under threat.
Those who survive the jobs cull can expect a pay freeze, equating to a real terms pay cut, and an ever increasing work load. GMB officers and shop stewards will be meeting with the council to discuss these cuts in order to protect the interests of our members."
Report on Press Association – dated 18 Feb 2014
Wolverhampton City Council is planning to axe up to 2,000 jobs because of spending cuts, fuelling fears of a fresh round of mass redundancies in local authorities.
The council is the latest authority to unveil details of its budget for the coming year, saying it had to make "painful" decisions.
The Labour-controlled council said its cabinet will be asked next week to agree to £66.7 million of savings, of which a minimum of £21 million must be made in the coming financial year.
The council said it was battling against the most "challenging" financial circumstances in its history because of "massively reduced" grant funding from the Government.
Council leader Roger Lawrence warned that no area of the council would be left untouched by the cuts, with services scaled back and in some cases stopped altogether