Unions oppose Conservative budget plan

Oct. 21, 2010 at 11:19 PM
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LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- British union leaders warned the government's plans to eliminate 500,000 jobs in the public sector could lead to mass protests like those in France.

Bob Crow of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said Wednesday French workers have shown how "to resist austerity cuts and attacks on standards of living," the Daily Mail reported.

"We should look across the [English] Channel to the kind of resistance being mobilized by the French trade unions, which enjoys overwhelming public support," he said.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outlined his Spending Review on Wednesday after months of buildup. He said 490,000 government jobs would be cut over four years, with some layoffs, although he believes "natural turnover" would take care of many of the cuts.

Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Services Union said there will be "a generation of people on the scrapheap" if Osborne's plan is enacted.

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