COUNCIL staff joined a demonstration in a last-ditch attempt to halt plans to close cashier services with the loss of 17 jobs.
Members of trade union Unison gathered outside Rotherham Town Hall as councillors entered for a cabinet meeting - where they approved the move despite the protests.
Val Broomhead, convenor at Unison Rotherham, said: “We are very disappointed about the outcome.
“This service is a lifeline for many people as a source of advice and support and two thirds of staff are now threatened with losing their jobs.
“Throughout the whole process there has been limited consultation with staff, service users and trade unions and as a result we will be looking at the legal implications of that.
“Our petition against the move has been signed by nearly 4,000 people in a little over two weeks which shows the value of this service to the people of Rotherham.
“Unison is now urging local residents to ask their councillors to question the cabinet’s decision and to send the proposals for further scrutiny on the basis that these proposals are not what the people of Rotherham want and therefore they should not have to lose this vital community service.”
The council says the move will save several hundred thousand pounds and will mean people being able to pay rent and council tax bills at 140 post offices and shops linked to the Paypoint scheme across the borough - rather than at a handful of cash desks in council offices.