WLGA leader Harry Jones said:
'We continue to ask why are the fire fighters intent on this dangerous brinkmanship, when they have the opportunity to contribute to the independent pay review - the results of which they may support?'
Derek Rees (Cardiff), WLGA fire services spokesperson, added:
'I find it implausible that the FBU would seek to bring fire fighters out on strike and consequently put lives at risk, rather than hold off action until the outcome of the independent review is known. I hope that dialogue can be restored and sustained, in order to resolve this dispute.'
'The current pay claims are unaffordable and unrealistic - if all public sector workers were to demand the same increase as fire fighters, it would mean an increase in the basic rate of income tax by 20% or 3.9p in the pound. There is clear agreement from the national employers that fire fighters' salaries should be addressed, which is why the government set up the independent review, however, this needs to be linked to the modernisation of the fire service.'
The WLGA note and welcome the ten-day window before strike action commences. Local authorities will continue to work closely with the UK government, Welsh Assembly Government, police and RAF in preparation for fire service cover during strike days.