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UK unions pledge strike action


Workers’ unions in the UK have voted for joint industrial action to fight proposed cuts by Britain’s coalition government.

At the annual Trades Union Congress in Manchester, delegates voted to build “a solidarity alliance” to oppose deep cuts to public sector expenditure. They say plans to slash jobs and spending will damage public services.

TUC Secretary General Brendan Barber warned of Britain becoming a “dark, brutish, more frightening place.”

The coalition government in the UK plans to reduce spending in most departments by at least 25 per cent. Led by Prime Minister David Cameron, it argues the cuts are needed.

Business Secretary Vince Cable responded to the TUC’s pledge by saying he wanted to work with the unions but added “the public understands that cuts are necessary.”

Some six and a half million workers in the UK are represented by the TUC. More details of the cuts are due to be announced by the British government in October.

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