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Sefton Council staff vote over job losses

Workers will decide their future at Sefton Council as they vote over 400 prospective job losses.

Staff can either agree to a number of new working conditions, which will keep them in employment for a further year or vote no - resulting in redundancies.

New shift patterns, wages, pensions and sick pay could be changed as the local authority tries to make up a shortfall of £20m in the space of three years.

The council said it will respond after the ballot.

Leisure services could see the most redundancies, with at least 150 jobs under threat.

More than 90 of these come from the borough's libraries.

As the local authority tries to make up the deficit, the amount of time leisure centres and libraries stay open will be reduced.

Redundancies in social services also look likely if staff vote against the new working conditions.

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