Unite in strike warning

Unite the Union says Labour need to prepare for an early general election because of the continuing anger over the Government's austerity measures. Unite leader Len McCluskey also said further strikes are "inevitable".

Unite: Time for Labour to 'get its together'

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has said Labour need to "get its act together" and prepare for a general election in 2014, a year earlier than the next poll in due.

The Labour Party would be sensible to prepare for an election. These are extraordinary times, none of us have been here before, no-one knows what is around the corner. Anything can happen, but I hope people don't forget the ineptitude of this government and the blame they are trying to put on workers for the economic crisis.

Tax office workers strike against 'massive cuts'

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union will take action across the UK today. Credit: ITV News

More than 50,000 Revenue and Customs workers are going on strike today in protest against the "massive cuts" they say will undermine any efforts pledged by the Government to clamp down on tax avoidance schemes.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) will take action across the UK. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

"It is sickening to see millionaires in the cabinet wringing their hands about the immorality of tax avoidance when it is their lack of political will to act that means we lose tens of billions of pounds every year.

"The case for investment in our public services as an alternative to austerity could not be more obvious than it is in HMRC.

Yet the government wants to cut 10,000 more jobs from the department, letting the wealthy tax dodgers off the hook and punishing the rest of us for a recession we did not cause."

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Unite warn of more strikes

Unite the Union have warned there will be more strikes over Government spending cuts in the coming months. General Secretary Len McCluskey said:

This campaign will run and run, probably up to the next election.

Governments that don't listen to the concerns of ordinary people tend to get turfed out of office. There will be further campaigns and further strikes and all this will be a major issue at the next election.

Unite urges Labour to prepare for early general election

Unite leader Len McCluskey says Labour need to get ready for an early general election Credit: Press Association

Unite leader Len McCluskey has urged Labour to prepare for an early general election because of the strength of public feeling against the austerity measures imposed by the Government.

McCluskey also warned that there will be more industrial action over pay, pensions and cuts to public services.