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Staffordshire FBU 'disappointed' as talks break down just before planned strike

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

Staffordshire FBU secretary Barry Downey

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THE Staffordshire branch of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has reacted with disappointment at the government's cancellation of talks which could have halted tomorrow's industrial action.

Lead officials of the FBU were informed by letter that Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt considered meetings to discuss the fire service pension dispute to have fallen.

The FBU has been hopeful that the talks may have allowed for tomorrow's strike action, which is due to take place over eight days, to be suspended.

Branch secretary Barry Downey said: "We are very disappointed. We had accepted the invitation to talk in good faith and were hoping for settlement, which is only possible by getting around the table and talking. We have been attempting to talk to the Government for three years and are getting nowhere.

"We don't want to be on strike but we are left with no option, and if anything, this has left our members with an even stronger resolve."

The strikes will therefore continue to go ahead as planned, meaning firefighters will walk out for the eleventh time from August 9 until August 16 between noon and 2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm each day.

Meanwhile the government says that the deal on offer to firefighters is fair.

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  • mattlong  |  August 08 2014, 9:00PM

    This is disappointing. I think at the very least the Coalition government has a moral duty to listen to the firefighters. I have no doubt a major incident will occur soon will loss of life during one of these strikes.