Unions ponder general strikes

City A.M. Reporter
THE TRADES Union Congress yesterday voted to consider a general strike in protest at the government’s spending cuts.

A big majority at the TUC’s annual conference in Brighton backed the measure, which pledges to look into the “practicalities” of a general strike, as called for by trade unionists including RMT boss Bob Crow.

“This is a fantastic result that sends out the clearest message to working people the length and breadth of the land that the union's are putting every single weapon in our armoury of resistance on stand-by,” he said.

Retail union Usdaw, however, warned that the vote was an “empty gesture”.