Unite has unveiled a £25m strike fund for “trouble ahead”, according to reports in The Guardian.
The trade union – which is Britain’s largest and represents 1.5 million workers in the UK and three million worldwide – has pooled money from its UK membership and its own reserves.
Unite’s member base is diverse and includes NHS workers, cabin crew and secretarial staff.
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, said: “Of course I think there is trouble ahead. The government’s austerity programme shows that 80% of the cuts have not taken place. The attacks will mount and mount and mount.
“The government hopes that the climate of fear that has been created by austerity will cow people. We are saying that they should not be cowed and that they should fight back.”