WIRRAL’S binmen could strike over compulsory redundancies and budget cuts, it has been revealed.

More than 200 Biffa workers have been balloted over the possibility of a walk-out and results are due in on Thursday.

The news comes as trade union Unite calls on Wirral MPs to stop local residents from being engulfed by a “tidal wave of filth” at the hands of cost-cutting councillors.

Union officials blamed the situation on reductions to local government budgets.

According to regional secretary Mick Whitley, £1m worth of cuts will mean some of the borough’s street cleaning services which were daily will now be weekly.

And he took a swipe at plans to start charging for "brown bin" garden waste collections: “So far only 24,500 households have opted to pay this iniquitous £35 charge.

“This will result in garden rubbish being fly-tipped all over Wirral, and will have a massive effect on Wirral’s recycling protocols.

“A further £1m in cuts come into effect on July 1. Street cleaning that was daily will now be done weekly. Streets that were cleaned every month will now be spruced up every three months.”

Workers could now stage a walk-out over the prospect of losing their jobs due to budgets being slashed.

Graham Daley from Unite told the Globe they are still hoping the council will revise its proposals.

A Wirral Council spokesman said: “We are continuing to work with Biffa and their unions to try to minimize the impact on their staff of the reduction of our contract with them. This has to be balanced with the council’s own budgetary challenges in relation to our staff, and with our commitment to making savings of £109 million over the next three years.

“We are also working with Biffa to minimize any disruption to services that may potentially be caused by strike action.”