In the UK we are starting to see the warm ups to next years elections with the major political parties holding their political conferences and setting out the forecoming agenda. Since the UK has a rocketting defecit they all generally agree that cutting costs in the **public sector must be made. The unions are all sharpening their swords as they know some of this will come in the form of redundencies, wage cuts and other forms of saving that have a direct impact on the worker, for example caps on final salary pensions or technological changes to replace humans with machines. **this also applies to private sector business. Currently there is a big dispute between the Royal Mail and the CWU (Communication Workers Union) that is causing disruption as localised striking takes place and a proposed national strike is on the horizon with the run upto Christmas this could cost the economy hard. What are your views on Unions? Are they the voice of the honest worker? Are they bullies of the free market? Whats the best way to resolve a situation when Unions strike? ...especially ones that cause mass disruption at the cost to others.