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Wolverhampton City Council workers in strike ballot

A union is to ballot Wolverhampton city council workers over strike action after the authority announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs by 2015.

The council said the move was necessary to avoid a deficit of £89m by 2019. It has blamed cuts in central government grants.

The union Unison said it felt that the council was also losing money because of "ineffective spending decisions".

It said members would be balloted at a meeting on Tuesday.

Dawn Sant from Unison said: "We feel the council is haemorrhaging money by making ineffective spending decisions.

"For example, it is really bad timing and unhelpful to those who face a loss of service or redundancy that £15m is being spent on refurbishing its civic centre.

"These cuts will be devastating to families and the economy in Wolverhampton," she added.

Ms Sant said union officials would meet the council's chief executive on Wednesday.

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