Is there an alternative to spending cuts?
British union delegates have backed joint industrial action if "attacks" on jobs, pensions and public services go ahead. Is there a better way to tackle the deficit?
Representatives at the TUC conference in Manchester supported a motion which included calls to build "a broad solidarity alliance of unions and communities under threat".
General secretary Brendan Barber warned that big cuts would make Britain a "dark, brutish and more frightening place".
Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' (RMT) leader Bob Crow has called for a campaign of "civil disobedience" but Mr Barber told the BBC he thought that was "counter-productive".
Do you agree with the unions' plans? What other measures would you suggest to tackle the economic deficit? Would more investment help the UK economy? Are you a delegate at this week's TUC conference?
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