The UK Government has been accused of "burying its head in the sand" in the ongoing pensions dispute with the Fire Brigades Union.
Firefighters in Wales are joining their colleagues in England and Scotland later in the latest strike action over the row.
After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.
Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.
Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.
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