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28Oct93 UK: DOLE WARNING TO CLARKE - CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

Cuts in the Government's building and infrastructure budget will condemn another 100,000 construction workers to the dole.That is the stark warning from industry chiefs to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke as lobbying gathers pace in the run-up to the November 30 budget.The new format budget, which brings together both tax and spending plans, is seen as one of the most important for many years.Ian Dixon, who chairs the professions' body the Construction Industry Council, warned last week that 'at least 100,000 jobs will be lost in quick time if the Chancellor fails to preserve capital expenditure'.And Tony Jackson, chairman of the Construction Industry Employers Council, said 'many firms will be in peril if the fragile recovery is not maintained'.Both fear the Government will try to persuade the private sector to fill any gaps left by cuts in public infrastructure spending. CONSTRUCTION NEWS