Hundreds of Barnsley Council workers will face a bleak Christmas after town hall chiefs delivered the shock news that 230 more jobs are to go.
Letters have been sent out to council employees warning them of the job losses and setting in motion a consultation process to save £16.5 million.
Dismayed union leaders were given an early indication of the latest round of cuts when they met council chiefs yesterday.
They fear that following previous job losses more volunteer redundancies are unlikely and that further losses will be compulsory.
Paul Wade, GMB union organiser for Barnsley, said : “Year on year we see cuts. In the run up to Christmas our members don’t know whether they have got a job next year.
“There’s no light at the end of the tunnel, we have got a long road ahead of us.
“We had a meeting with the council and people will get consultation notices and also every member of staff will get a letter and they are looking to change terms and conditions.
“For the last two years we have had cuts, everybody who has wanted to go has put their name forward. We have not been formally been notified in writing all we have had is a verbal meeting , we need to get more information.”
Council leader Steve Houghton warned that further cuts by the government would lead to more gloom over the next few years.
He said : “It’s very bad news, it’s bad news for the staff and it’s bad news for the public. This is year three of the cuts and the cuts just keep going on and on.
“Our aim is to save jobs and services wherever we can. We will be back here next year and the year after that and the year after that.”