About 150 public sector workers in Dorset have protested outside the County Hall in Dorchester against proposed budget cuts.
Council staff met councillors as they arrived for a meeting at 1000 GMT.
Following last month's government Spending Review, the county council must save £48.6m - or 17% of its budget - over the next three years.
It is planning to cut £7m from the social services and more than £1m from highways budgets.
Campaigners have previously presented a petition containing more than 2,000 signatures in protest at the cuts.
They are calling on the council to hold a public debate before they decide where to make the savings.