Firefighters in Wales move into the second day of their two-day strike later, over their dispute with the Government over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out again tonight between 6pm and 10pm.
It's now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet us for negotiations despite several invitations from us.
Until they do and until they start to actually resolve the dispute, we'll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members' pensions.
In a week when the full details of a £7,600 pay rise for MPs' - which will also increase their pensions - emerged, firefighters' anger at the governments unworkable, unaffordable and unfair proposals will be even greater.
No firefighter wants to strike, but we cannot allow the government's ludicrous proposals - and outright hypocrisy - to stand. We'll keep on fighting until the government sees sense and comes back to its negotiations.
– Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
The Welsh Government said it's working with fire and rescue authorities and the UK Government to minimise the impact of this weekend's strike.
The Welsh Government says it is working with fire and rescue authorities and the UK Government to minimise the impact of this weekend's strike.
Firefighter pensions are devolved to Welsh Ministers under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004; however our ability to diverge from the UK-wide arrangements is limited by HM Treasury policy.
Welsh Ministers have regularly met the FBU regarding pension issues and we have been clear on our commitment to public service pension schemes which are affordable, sustainable and fair to all public service workers.
The Fire Brigades' Union stated its intention to seek further dialogue with Ministers to resolve the dispute over pensions. Our discussions with the FBU have been positive and constructive.