South African firefighters in Canada downed tools over a pay dispute

What grabbed our nation as one of the feel good stories of the moment, seems to have turned sour.

A group of 300 South African firefighters working to extinguish the wildfires in Canada have been demobilised after going on strike over a pay dispute.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Geoffrey York, who has been following the story.

They refused to work yesterday because of this concern about pay situation. The managers decided to demobilise them. One of the managers is flying from South Africa to meet them and decide what to do.

Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail,

They are only getting R1800 or R2400 per month as they are on a starting salary. That's below the minimum wage because it's an extended public work programme.

Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail,

Managers are saying the firefighters will get their money when they come back to South Africa, but some firefighters are a bit suspicious of that, says York.

Listen to the interview for more information...

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