Britain criticizes Olympic strike threat



LONDON (AP) — A spokesman for Britain’s prime minister says a labor union’s threat to disrupt the London Olympics would be “unacceptable and unpatriotic.”

Britain’s biggest union Unite, which says it represents 200,000 public sector workers, has suggested members could stage strikes during the 2012 Summer Games to oppose the Conservative-led government’s sharp austerity cuts.

Steve Field, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, said Wednesday the Olympics were “a great occasion for the country” and labor actions during the games would be unpatriotic.

He said Britain “wouldn’t want to see anything happen that would disrupt it in any way.”

Union leaders say the Olympics are a justified target for those opposing spending cuts and job losses. The London Olympics runs from July 27 to Aug. 12.