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Unions in the UK gear up for action ahead of cuts

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Unions in the UK gear up for action ahead of cuts

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Unions in the UK say they will fight tooth and nail to protect public services from the axe.

They rallied in London ahead of the government’s long-awaited and much-feared spending review today, in which departments face budget cuts of up to 40 percent.

They say there will be coordinated strike action if the government does not change its plans:

“These cuts will lose over a million jobs. And, let’s be clear, this is not an economic necessity, but a political choice they are making.” said TUC head Brendan Barber.

The unions say the emphasis should be on fair taxes and growth instead of cuts.

They are also angry at the banks whom they say will save billions by offsetting their losses during the financial crisis against tax.