Staff at Birmingham's youth careers advice service Connexions are to take strike action next week over planned cuts and redundancies.
Members of the Unison trade union will walk out on Wednesday (April 6) in protest at a 30 per cent funding cut and up to 36 job losses at the youth training and employment service.
They will picket outside the offices in Northfield, Broad Street and Kings Heath before heading to a rally in Victoria Square at 2.30pm.
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.
Assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie said: “The work of Connexions staff supporting young people is first class.
"Birmingham City Council are cutting services for young people at a time of spiralling youth unemployment. What kind of message does that send to young people.”
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: "We have received formal notification of industrial action by Connexions staff, and as always such action is extremely regrettable.
"At the moment all options are being looked at for Connexions staff such as voluntary redundancy and moves into other vacant roles within the council. No-one is being made redundant on a compulsory basis at this stage.
"The reduction in funding for the service has to be placed in the context of the council needing to save £212million in the forthcoming financial year as its contribution to the effort to cut the national deficit."