Cape Town – A group of 301 South African firefighters dispatched to aid firefighting efforts against a wildfire in Alberta, Canada have started protesting over a pay dispute, a report has said.
One of the firefighters, Bitiro Moseki, said the group is getting paid $15 a day, despite their contract’s value totalling $50 a day per firefighter, CBC News reported on Thursday.
According to the contract, which was signed on behalf of the firefighters, the remaining $35 will be paid out within six months of their return to South Africa.
Moseki said the group were concerned that the media were reporting inflated figures, and that the group were not there for money, but were there to assist the Canadian government.
Their contract states the firefighters would work 12 hours per day on a 14-day work cycle, with three days off at the end of those two weeks.
Song and dance
The team of firefighters and their management arrived in Canada last Monday, News24 reported.
Working on Fire said the 301-strong team was the…
This is very cool. We are all getting serenaded by the South African firefighters, who are clapping and dan… https://t.co/0LbrjP8AiN
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This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. South African firefights land in }yeah pic.twitter.com/sStRWYhUWZ
— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) May 30, 2016