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The Environment Agency says it will continue with plans to reduce its costs, including cuts in jobs.
The agency has announced that proposed redundancies have been suspended while the flooding crisis continues.
The GMB union hit out at "successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets to unsustainable levels."
The Environment Agency's Toby Willison said the organisation had faced "huge challenges" as a result of the floods.
"The planned reductions in posts will not affect the Environment Agency's ability to respond to flooding incidents and the Environment Agency will minimise the impact on other front line services through the changes" he added.
GMB official Paul Maloney said that a planned protest has been organised "because last week's EA announcement that consultation on redundancies has been put on hold is a sham".
Union activists will stage a protest outside a meeting at which they fear details will be given of plans to press ahead with redundancies at the Environment Agency.
The GMB said an amended timetable for 1,700 job losses will be laid out despite assurances from the Prime Minister that no jobs would be lost while the flooding crisis continued.
The agency has announced that any redundancies have been suspended, but unions believe the position will change as soon as the flooding recedes.