U.K. Labor Unions Warn of Surge in Strikes

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Strikes this year by Britain's labor unions are inevitable, union leaders have warned.

The threat came in response to U.K. Treasury Secretary George Osborne's recent announcement of 81 billion pounds ($128 billion) in spending cuts to trim the nation's deficit. The cuts are expected to extend through 2015.

"What is becoming clear to people is just how unfair the coalition's policies are," Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said. "Those who did (the) least to cause the crash are being made to take the nastiest medicine with the worst side-effects."

Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators have already vandalized government buildings, fought riot police, and even attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla.

Union leaders warn their protests could become widespread this year and could even affect the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which is scheduled for April 29.

"We can expect to see workers in both public and private sectors out on the picket lines fighting for jobs and against savage attacks on pensions and standards of living," Bob Crow, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, said in a statement.

"There is no reason for working people to pay the price for a crisis we didn't create and which is wholly down to the banks, speculators and politicians," he said.

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