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David Cameron takes on the unions

As the Unite union prepares to announce the result of a strike ballot of 6000 BAA workers David Cameron has stepped into the fray warning that any industrial action would achieve nothing "apart from damage". This is the latest in a number of forthcoming head-to-head battles between the UK government and the unions as friction between the parties becomes more intense.

There has been speculation for some time that David Cameron is looking to introduce new legislation which would reduce the power of the unions and the likelihood of industrial action in the short to medium term. This comes at a time when UK businesses feel in many ways they are being held to ransom by the unions with the likes of British Airways and more recently British Telecom under pressure. Very few conflicts between employers and unions have resulted in mutually beneficial agreements over the last few months as the economy takes a downturn and the unions look to defend their members while employers look to reduce their costs.

So far there has been no response from the Unite union although David Cameron's words of wisdom are unlikely to go down very well with union leaders.

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