Cardiff Council cuts:

 Unison does not rule out action

Industrial action has not been ruled out by a union after it warned that £32m of cuts by Cardiff council will have “devastating consequences”.

The authority is trying to plug a £48m budget shortfall which could see jobs go, along with cuts to leisure and park services, and health and social care.

Council tax could also go up by 5% and £5m savings made on employee costs.

Unison said it was still working with the council, which admits it faces “significant financial challenges”.

Unison’s Steve Belcher said delivering “world-class services” across Cardiff would be difficult

Unison regional organiser Steve Belcher said he expected people to be “furious” at the extent of the cuts, which could also see street lights dimmed and an end to funding for the New Year Calennig celebration.

He said the union had not yet walked away from the negotiating table with the council but he said industrial action could happen.

“We say never rule that out,” he said.

“It’s never something we would wish for but ultimately sometimes it’s something we have to look at.”

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