The TUC conference has supported a move to consider the practicalities of a General Strike as part of co-ordinated action against the coalition's policies.
Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Unite, told the TUC conference in Brighton:
We are at our best fighting back, roaring like lions, not cowering in corners.
Steve Gillan, leader of the Prison Officers Association, which proposed the idea, said there had to be a "robust" response. He added:
It does not mean we will have a General Strike tomorrow, but we should have that in our armoury, because this Government is not afraid or embarrassed to do what it is doing to society.
We need to make up our mind which direction we are going in, and we should not be afraid to mention the words General Strike.