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December 30, 2010    

TUC expecting 2011 to be ‘horrible’ year

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by Kay Murchie

Job losses resulting from the Government’s spending cuts is expected to bring widespread industrial action next year, unions have suggested.

In his New Year message, Brendan Barber, the TUC’s general secretary, claimed 2011 would be a “horrible” year of cuts and will also be tough for the Government.

Unemployment will undoubtedly rise, said the union.

Meanwhile, Mark Serwotka, union leader of the Public and Commercial Services Union said strikes next year were “inevitable”.

Mr Barber said his union will protest against spending cuts in March and it looks set to be one of the biggest events the union had ever staged.

The tough austerity measures, implemented by the Government to bring down the budget deficit, have been deemed necessary but strike action is “inevitable” according to many.

At the last annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) meeting, union leaders urged delegates to “stand up and fight” against the massive spending cuts.

As a result of the forthcoming strike action, employers’ group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), recently called on the Government to tighten laws to make it harder for workers to take strike action.

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