Union to decide whether to hold anti-cuts strike

Published on Friday, 28 January 2011 09:22
Posted by Scott Buckler

Union leaders will decide later whether to support a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action to oppose the government's spending cuts

Several large public sector unions are warning of possible strikes over changes to pension entitlements. But TUC officials are hopeful any action can be avoided after ministers agreed to extend talks.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude urged unions to talk rather than get embroiled in a "political fight".

He told the BBC that any "general strike" would be illegal. Ministers wanted a dialogue with unions but they had to recognise that public spending had to be reduced, he added.Ahead of the meeting in London on Friday, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

"I hope we'll make good progress towards greater co-ordination between the unions.

"While strike action is always a last resort, it would be the result of the government's refusal to change course and its political choice to press ahead with unnecessary and hugely damaging cuts.

"It's logical that any industrial action is always more effective if more people are involved and that's what I'll be saying today."

Source: ©BBC News

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