A SOUTH Tyneside trade union leader has pledged to protect his members from the impact of further council savings.
The authority is committed to reducing its workforce by another 200 over the next financial year.
Merv Butler, branch secretary of Unison South Tyneside, has been in talks with the council’s hierarchy over this year’s budget shortfall.
He said: “We’ve been made aware of the £12m shortfall in funding and we will be doing all we can to minimise the impact of that on our members.
“We continue to monitor the voluntary redundancy applications every week, and they are continuing to come in.
“There is particular concern about the implications for our members of moving to fortnightly waste collections, and we’ll be closely monitoring that too.
“We have also raised concerns on the impact the change will have on borough food waste.”
Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm said of the year ahead: “This will be an extremely exciting year for South Tyneside.
“Whilst other councils have been criticised for proposing closures, we have invested in state-of-the-art swimming pools and leisure facilities, and are in the process of developing new community facilities in the heart of our town centres.”