British unions invite PM to speak, in Tory first

18th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Trades Union Congress (TUC) has invited Prime Minister David Cameron to its annual conference in September, the first time it has ever invited a Conservative premier to talk, it said Friday.

"The TUC wants to engage with the new prime minister and, as Britain's largest voluntary organisation, we are sure that the new government will want to engage with us," a spokesman for the umbrella labour organisation said.

There was no immediate word from Cameron's Downing Street office whether the prime minister would take up the offer, which has never before been issued to a Tory leader because of age-old hostility between the two sides.

If he does agree, Cameron could expect a bumpy ride as union leaders are squaring up for a fight over swingeing cuts his new coalition government intends to make to help pay off Britain's record deficit.

© 2010 AFP

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