Hundreds of staff at a Birmingham youth service staged a city centre rally over planned cuts and redundancies.
Workers from the youth careers advice service Connexions gathered in Victoria Square for the demonstration after picketing Connexions offices in Northfield, Broad Street and Kings Heath.
Members of the Unison trade union staged the walkout in protest at a 30 per cent cut and up to 36 job losses at the youth training and employment service.
Connexions advice centres in Handsworth, Aston and Erdington have already closed and unions say that at a time of soaring youth unemployment the service is “more valuable than ever”.
They are calling on the city council to fund Connexions until a new replacement All Ages Careers service is set up.
Among those who joined the protest was Connexions advisor Terri Jackson, from Bartley Green, who is set to leave the service after 30 years.
She said: “I have taken voluntary redundancy and have only 12 working days left, but my leaving means at least one other person won’t lose their job.
“We offer advice and guidance to thousands of young people in this city when they have to make life-changing decisions.
“The Government say they are going to help youth unemployment with 40,000 extra apprenticeships, but that is just a drop in the ocean.”