Union members in Dundee have given the city council a bittersweet Valentine’s Day card – asking the local authority not to “break their hearts”.
Members of Unite the Union, the GMB and the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network gathered outside the City Chambers on City Square to protest against plans to cut £8 million from next year’s budget.
Protesters handed councillors cards which read: “Be my Valentine, make my day, fight the cuts in every way.”
Stuart Fairweather, chairman of Unite, said he believed the council had a choice about whether or not to impose budget cuts.
The council’s finance spokesman Willie Sawers has blamed Westminster austerity for the cuts.
However, Mr Fairweather said: “I don’t believe the council’s hands are tied – we are prepared to go with councillors to Edinburgh, or to London with our MPs and MSPs, to call for more money for Dundee.
“We don’t see it as the role of our councillors to accept cuts from London and Edinburgh and to pass those cuts on to our people.”
Union members will march from the Unite office on Blackness Road to Albert Square at 11.30am today to continue their protest.