RETAIL union Usdaw has welcomed a commitment from the Prime Minister to listen to the union's case against any further extension of Sunday shopping hours for large stores.
Tony Blair was speaking to delegates at the union's annual conference in Blackpool and pledged to meet with Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett to listen to the union's case for keeping the present six hour limit which is backed by 95 per cent of shopworkers.
The Prime Minister asked delegates to look at the big picture and the achievements of the Government. Days before the English local elections, Mr Blair said: "It has been difficult, but nine days' headlines should not obscure nine years of achievements.
"I want to thank Usdaw for sticking with Labour which is something the Government should not forget because it is the right way for colleagues and partners to behave."
General Secretary John Hannett said: "This was the first time the Prime Minister has spoken to our conference and I thought it was a confident speech looking back at the very real achievements of this Government and looking forward to yet more improvements to public services."