Plymouth City council is to cut 100 jobs as part of a bid to plug a £3.2million hole in its budget.
The 3,200 town hall staff are being offered the chance to take voluntary redundancy.
But if there are not enough volunteers by Christmas then compulsory redundancies will have to be made.
The £3.2million shortfall is on top of £30million the council has to cut from its budget over three years.
The redundancy packages on the table are the legal minimum, based on length of service, salary and age.
The maximum pay-off is capped at £12,900.