Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Trade unions issue strike warning over Coalition cuts

The Government has been warned that it faces industrial turmoil on a “massive scale” as unions start planning to step up opposition to spending and job cuts.

A series of union annual conferences will start later this month when activists are set to express growing anger at the coalition's austerity measures and discuss industrial action.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, today accused the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats of breaking promises since last year's general election.

“The economy is still in intensive care, but the Government's medicine is not working.

“Unless this Government changes direction, it is heading for industrial turmoil on a massive scale. The government must understand that Unison will fight tooth and nail to protect and defend public services, and will ballot one million of its members to strike to protect their pensions.

Public and Commercial Services (PCS) general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Barely a year in, this Government has sparked a wave of popular anger against its ideological plan to blame and punish us for an economic crisis caused by greed and recklessness in the financial sector.

“No government in living memory has sparked such unrest and opposition to its central economic policy in such a short space of time.

“We refuse to be forced to choose between the old and the young, those in work and those out of work, the healthy and the sick.

The PCS annual conference in two weeks' time will discuss plans for a national ballot of civil servants for industrial action in protest at spending cuts and the effect they are having on services and jobs.

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