HUNDREDS of Kirklees Council workers will strike on Wednesday.
Some 435 admin staff will take industrial action in protest at proposed compulsory redundancies and pay cuts.
The back office employees will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday – with a further three-day stoppage possible after that.
Kirklees Unison branch secretary Paul Holmes said: “It is a sad situation for a leading employer like the council, who should be committed to equality, to seek to make redundancies and cut pay in a section that is 92% female and 33% part-time.
“Ordinary people’s lives are being attacked to pay back the banks. For all ordinary working people there is a fine line between getting by and not getting by.
“In the current financial situation how can our members be expected to take cuts in pay of more than £50 per week to pay for millionaires’ wages and bankers’ bonuses?
“These clear attacks on working people have to stop. They won’t be stopped by fine words but by action by ordinary working people and their representatives.
“We urge the council to see sense and end this dispute.”
The council’s assistant director for support services Rebecca Jones said she was disappointed with the strike.
“We have worked closely with the unions throughout this review and look like achieving our aims of an effective business support service that is affordable,” she said.
“We have thanked all the staff involved for their continued support during a difficult time.
“The review started with 750 staff but the number fell when we took into account those who chose to leave voluntarily; those who were successful in securing posts in the council and those that decided to take a lower graded post to secure their employment.
“We are still working with the eight or nine people at risk of compulsory redundancy to bring the number down further.
“Vacancies in other areas of the council that could be suitable for people affected by this review had been held vacant for some time and in November we started a process of ‘targeted recruitment’ allowing staff in the business support review to have priority over applying for those jobs.”
Ms Jones added: “This review will save us £4m a year by operating more efficiently which we can use to protect frontline services.
“For Kirklees the backdrop to this is not the banking crisis, it is the reduction in our Government grant and the need to achieve savings of £30m from back office functions.”