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Union bosses warn of 'bleak future'

Union leaders have warned David Cameron that millions of families face a "bleak" future because of the Government's spending cuts, which are expected to hit jobs and services in the new year.

The Prime Minister has been given "strong views" that the cuts will be "socially divisive and economically dangerous" during a meeting in 10 Downing Street.

It was the first official meeting between a Tory Prime Minister and the leaders of the union movement in 25 years.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The UK is currently in the grips of a bleak midwinter. Today we warned the Prime Minister that next year promises to be even bleaker for millions of families and their communities as the spending cuts bite hard and hit jobs and services.

"We made clear to the Prime Minister our strong view that the spending cuts would both be socially divisive and economically dangerous.

"We urged him to do more to raise money from the banks as a sector that had done the most to take us into the current crisis and which had received enormous help from government.

"During the meeting there were useful discussions across a range of topics, including green growth and jobs, manufacturing and equality issues.

"We welcomed the Prime Minister's intention to continue this dialogue with similar meetings in the future, and for urgent contact to take place with ministers on Post Office privatisation and public sector pension changes in particular."

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