Angry council workers have called an urgent meeting to discuss “deteriorating” relationships with Kirklees Council.
Union officials claim thousands of workers are losing out in new pay and conditions arrangements introduced by the council – including the scrapping of all weekly pay systems.
And they described the working relationship with the authority as “the worst ever”.
The council insists they have always consulted with the union over any changes.
Union members – who number 10,000 in the Kirklees Council workforce – will hold a special general meeting tonight to air their grievances.
Officials claim repeated cutbacks have decimated council services and hit functions such as residential care, home care, children’s homes and privatisation of schools.
Branch secretary Paul Holmes said: “There are less and less councillors/managers in Local Government who see the provision of good local services as a function of local government. Some Kirklees Council managers don’t actually want anyone to contact the council as they close local offices, stop direct dialling of council staff and make the council switchboard automated.
“They are actively conducting an exercise ‘It’s Time To Talk – The Budget Challenge’ asking members of the public and staff to vote on what services should be cut!
“Asset-stripping is now the name of the game as far as most councils are concerned, but it’s not what the public want.
“Industrial relations in the council have never been worse. There is no trust whatsoever. Many council managers are so keen to cut staffs’ terms and conditions and job security that they are not even adhering to council policies.”
He also criticised changes to an employees’ handbook.
A council spokesman: “Under the banner of It’s Time To Talk, the council is engaging extensively with its employees, residents and businesses and encouraging the trades unions to take part in the future shape of the council in light of the impending budget cuts.
“We are introducing a new payroll system and this must comply with HMRC requirements to be able to give real time information about the tax that employees pay as part of their salaries. Because of this we can no longer offer weekly release of pay.
“Weekly release is a method of paying staff every four weeks, but releasing the monies on a weekly basis which assists with managing personal finances. This affects about four hundred employees and we have already put measures in place to support employees in adapting to the change.
“The Employee Handbook was negotiated with the trades unions and introduced in 2009 and was jointly signed by the council management and the secretaries of the relevant trades unions.
“This is a living document and following on-going consultation with the trades unions it has been updated to incorporate changes agreed with them.”