Union leaders warn of jobs threat

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A senior union leader will today warn that workers faced the greatest threat to jobs and living standards for decades amid the current political uncertainty.

Len McCluskey, assistant general secretary of Unite will say that the political turmoil underlined the importance of strong unions and united membership.

"We can't just ignore the pantomime being played out by the muddle of parliament," Mr McCluskey will say during visits to South Wales.

"When all the drama and punditry has been exhausted, working people will still face the greatest threat to our jobs and living standards for decades while the tax-subsidised bankers and controllers of our economy weigh up how many people must lose their jobs so the big bonuses and profits can be preserved.

"Trade union organisation is the only protection for working people in that savage situation. Job cuts, in both the public and private sector, are the formula shared by those who seek to control our political future."

Mr McCluskey, a leading candidate for election as general secretary of Unite later this year, will visit Magor and Swansea.

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