Street cleaners face losing their jobs as Luton Borough Council cuts £369,000 from the street cleansing budget.
It’s expected 18 people will lose their posts.
A council spokesman admitted this would make it “unlikely” they would be able to maintain the same standard of service.
Unite Union representative Richard Gates said: “Enough is enough. We have suffered job losses before, the team has gone down from 102 to 80, but now we have drawn a line in the sand.
“I do sympathise with the council’s position as they are being stretched by central government but there must be other ways than putting more people on the scrapheap.”
Mr Gates said many of the employees have worked in the same post for years, and that with the current job market being so tough, they could struggle to find work.
He said: “It’s a vicious circle. If these people can’t find new jobs immediately, the council will have to support them in other ways. The government doesn’t care.”
A council spokesman said it was a “difficult” and “regretful” decision.
He said: “Due to the significant funding cuts, officers have been forced to look at every single service in the council to ensure we achieve a balanced budget, while still protecting our most vital frontline services and most vulnerable residents.
“We value the work of all our street cleaners who do a fantastic job every day and we are looking into options for helping those that are affected by redundancy to consider other work opportunities through the council’s redeployment scheme.”
The executive committee approved the job losses but a final decision will be made at the next full council meeting.