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Olympic storm over strike threat


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Olympic storm over strike threat

The call for strike action during London 2012 Olympics has unleashed a salvo of condemnation from politicians.

Len McCluskey the leader of the Unite union said in an interview in the Guardian newspaper workers should consider action to disrupt the games in protest against the governments public spending cuts.

People will be, “gobsmacked and appalled,” said Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg who has called on the Labour leader, Ed Miliband to rein in Mr. McCluskey whose trade union is Labour’s largest donor. The Prime Minister also condemned the strike call.

Last November hundreds of thousands of workers walked out over pension reform. In his interview the Unite leader did not specify plans to disrupt the Olympics. His union represents 1.5 million workers including London bus drivers. Other public transport staff have threatened to take action unless they receive bonuses.

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