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Strike negotiations loom as UK faces mass industrial action

National strike action could be held in protest over public spending cuts

13 September 2010

UK organisations could have to embark on strike negotiations following calls for mass industrial action.

The TUC, which represents over 6.2 million workers, has been urged to support joint strike action by a number of unions, including Unison and Unite, over proposed cuts to public spending.

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, claimed the union would back any necessary strike action in a bid to protect public service jobs.

He told Sky News: "People don't take strike action lightly. They lose money when they go on strike, so they have to feel that it is the only course open to them.

"But where workers face those circumstances, and make a democratic decision, the union stands with their members and will back them to get justice and a fair deal."

A national demonstration is also being planned for next March as workers aim to show their dissatisfaction at proposed departmental budget cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent.

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