As many as 500 full-time equivalent jobs could be axed at Herefordshire Council over the next two years according to local union leaders.
Responding to the threat of council redundancies, Herefordshire Unison has said it believes 400 FTEs will be lost over the next 18 months, with a further 100 jobs going after that.
The union, which represents many council workers, says that if plans are approved at Thursday’s cabinet meeting it will mean the “wholesale closure of departments or vastly reduced services”.
In a bulletin released to members yesterday they said there was huge support to resist cuts and job losses.
“Members have taken part in a consultative ballot, which has shown 80% of members willing to engage in some form of industrial action campaign.
“On Friday 10th May we therefore registered a collective dispute with Herefordshire Council. In Unison’s view, even if Cabinet approves the paper, they should not proceed to implement the proposed changes to your T&Cs, or to consult on any redundancies, until this collective dispute is heard.”
Unison are launching an industrial, political and legal campaign against the proposals. and are calling on the support of all members, their families, user groups and friends.
Meanwhile a petition to save Herefordshire’s libraries has this week clocked up more than 2,500 signatures.
Campaigners are opposing a 75% cut funding and the closure of all but one of the county’s libraries.
Show your support
16th May from 12.30pm – picket of Herefordshire Council cabinet meeting Brockington, Hafod Road, Hereford
18th May, 10am–12pm – rally and petitioning High Town, Hereford
24th May, 9am onwards – mass picket of full Herefordshire Council meeting Shire Hall, Hereford