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Meeting held on council job cuts

Aberdeen City Council [Pic: Aberdeen City Council]
The council said it would try to minimise reductions

A joint meeting between unions and managers at Aberdeen City Council has been held as the authority consults over hundreds of possible job cuts.

Up to 600 posts may have to be lost as the council tries to save millions of pounds.

Aberdeen City Council is facing a £17m funding shortfall next year.

Department heads have been told to pinpoint 5% savings from their budgets. A 90-day consultation with the unions is under way.

The meeting was held on Monday afternoon in the council's Town House headquarters.

'Manage budgets'

Unions said afterwards they were unhappy and that they needed more information.

Stewart Carruth, director of corporate governance said: "Our meeting was part of the engagement process with the unions and we will continue to work with them to develop the proposals over the coming weeks and months ahead."

Aberdeen City Council leader John Stewart previously said 600 job losses would be a "worst case scenario".

The authority employs 11,000 staff.

A Scottish government spokesman earlier said it had increased local government's share of its budget year-on-year.

"It is up to individual councils to manage their budget and workforce," he added.

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