Tuesday's emergency budget saw swinging cuts in the UK's public sector. This has brought demonstrators out on the streets of London, saying ordinary citizens shouldn't have to pick up the bill for a mess created by the banks. Analysts say the budget will cause massive unemployment and hardship, and could lead to industrial unrest and strikes.
Hugh Lanning, Deputy Secretary-General of UK Public and Commercial Services Union said "Well we've had 100,000 jobs cuts in the last three or four years already in the civil service which I don't think is appreciated. We try and make the point that every tax inspector collects 600,000 pounds more than they cost, so it's silly to cut those jobs which is what they are planning to do."
Dave Prentis, Secretary-General of UK Union Unison said "Really serious problems for our public services workers. They are the victims now of this recession. They didn't cause it. 80 percent, four fifths of dealing with the deficit that we are now in, through the bankers and all the problems that they caused is to be borne by public services workers and the services that they provide."