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More strike action in Scotland

As we approach the next general election, it would appear that UK unions are looking to turn the screw on the Labour Party and squeeze every last drop of investment from the government before the next election. Today we saw a number of wildcat strikes in Scotland which has affected the postal system in an ongoing dispute about drivers who cross pick lines.

While the postal strike will grab the headlines over the next few days, it is the wider implications for the UK economy which are of greater concern. It is becoming more and more apparent that the unions are looking to use their weight and their power to ensure investment is protected, at least to a certain extent, for the public sector. There was an initial feeling that the unions had an "understanding" with the Labour Party which would have seen mainstream investment in public services protected, but the last few days have seen a different approach emerge from number 11 Downing Street.

If the unions believe that the Labour Party is going against the apparent "gentleman's agreement" it is highly likely that we will see further industrial action and further friction between the unions, the government and employers. There are more than enough issues ongoing at the moment to give the union's food for thought!

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