FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: ‘We had hoped our first strike was enough to show government that firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
‘No firefighter wants to strike, and it’s desperately disappointing that governments in Westminster and Cardiff continue to deny reality over pensions costs and the need for a pension scheme that reflects the job firefighters do.
‘Firefighters simply cannot be expected to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s and into their 60s, and should not pay far worse ratios employer-employee contributions than those in the public or private sector.
‘We hope this second strike will mean both governments will be willing to discuss the full range of concerns that firefighters and the general public have expressed. However, more strikes cannot be ruled out if that’s what it takes to protect public and firefighter safety from these ludicrous attacks.’