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Strikes will cripple Britain

As an owner of a small business, I have had to suffer over-taxation, increased legislation, increased administration and no help from the previous government of 13 years.

That government not only mismanaged the economy but has left this country with a debt as large as our previous one, incurred through fighting a world war.

Now we're being threatened with co-ordinated strike action that will cripple this country and send us further into the doldrums, when we need to enter into a period of austerity to get us out of this situation.

What right do the trade unions have to demand that their members do not suffer the same sacrifices that the private sector have to? There's no such thing as a "job for life", so when the money is in short supply, the jobs need to go.

Trade unions need to get real, or they'll find that the main backlash will come from the general public for the hardships that we will be made to face in order to keep them in the luxury that they've become accustomed to.

It was nice to hear Harriet Harman pledging the support of the Labour Party. Pity she won't be able to get in to work if the trains, buses and roads aren't working.

Fred Crook, Milton Keynes

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