Unite, the union, has called on Nottingham council to remove its threat of large-scale redundancies or risk industrial action.
The council has tabled proposals to make 500 workers redundant – one in 10 of the entire council workforce – due to the drop in income and increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first instance, jobs will be cut through a voluntary redundancy scheme.
The union warns that the job loses will further undermine public services that are vital to the people of Nottingham and is calling for the government at Westminster to help needy councils cope with these new and unexpected costs.
Unite regional officer Paula Stephens said: “Frontline workers who have delivered vital services and who have kept our city functioning are now fearful for their jobs.
“It is totally unacceptable that Nottingham council intends to cut jobs as a result of the pandemic. Skilled workers who have dedicated their lives to serving local residents now fear being thrown on the scrapheap.
“Services have already been cut to the bone due to 10 years of austerity. Residents need to understand that if these cuts are implemented the council will no longer be able to offer many vital services.
“The government must step up to the plate and play its part and provide financial support for the additional costs the council has experienced.
“The council must immediately remove this threat of redundancies and instead enter into meaningful talks with unions.
“If the council fails to do so, then we have no other course but to consider all avenues including industrial action.”