The Fire Brigades Union has today confirmed that the Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt is mistaken in her remarks that the FBU called off talks arranged to take place next Thursday. The Minister had made the remarks in a letter to all firefighters in England dated 31 July 2014.
The FBU will still be attending the meeting arranged with the Minister next week.
Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary, said: â€œAll officials are bemused by the communication sent to firefighters by DCLG.
â€œThe letter was sent without any communication or enquiry to the union.
â€œWe have now written to the DCLG to confirm that the union had not cancelled the meeting and in the absence of any of our calls today being returned, we can only assume that this misinformation by the department is the result of error rather than conspiracy.â€
In the letter from the union to the department Andy Dark states: â€œWe note within your letter that you have said that the FBU has â€œcalled off talksâ€ scheduled to take place on Thursday 7 August. I am happy to categorically confirm that although the FBU has given notice of industrial action as required by legislation, we have not called off the talks.
â€œThe FBU will therefore still be attending the meeting and we look forward to meeting with you on Thursday as arranged.â€
The Fire Brigades Union negotiators will be attending the meeting with an open mind and are hopeful that even at this late stage, significant progress can be made to avert the industrial action that has been called.
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