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British unions plan ''biggest ever'' rally against cuts

British unions plan ''biggest ever'' rally against cuts
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British unions have said they will stage the ‘biggest and boldest’ demonstration in their history to protest against planned government cuts.

The TUC, the UK’s union umbrella body, said the action would be held in London next March. Earlier, in the capital union members rallied to vent their anger at recently announced government measures.

Some 500,000 public sector jobs are expected to be axed as part of deep spending cuts unveiled by finance minister, Chancellor George Osborne, earlier this week.

The new coalition government says the savings are necessary to help reduce Britain’s large public deficit.

But, unions and the opposition Labour party have criticised the measures for being too extreme.

Firefighters also walked out for several hours earlier following a row over new contracts that would see a change in shift times.

However, London’s Fire Brigade says the measures are necessary to protect the public with budgets being squeezed.