Asked for a flavour of the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that it covered the general economic situation, public services and pensions. The PMS said that it was a good, business-like meeting that lasted for around an hour.
On who attended for the Government apart from the Prime Minister, the PMS said that Oliver Letwin and Francis Maude both attended. Asked if there was common ground on any of the issues, the PMS replied that there were issues where it clearly made sense to have a dialogue with the unions, for example, what we were doing on skills and what we were doing regionally to promote growth.
Asked if there was any message from the Prime Minister on strikes, the PMS said that this was a meeting that the unions had asked for and the discussion centred on the economy and public services and the importance of the continuation of that dialogue.
On whether industrial action was raised at all, the PMS replied that that was not the focus of the discussion.
When asked if the Prime Minister was encouraged to have further meetings with the unions, the PMS said that the Government had lots of meetings with the unions on a regular basis. This approach would continue.
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