Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is due to meet with Working
on Fire management today, to find a solution to a salary dispute with South
African firefighters who were deployed to Canada.
Molewa has been tasked by
President Jacob Zuma to resolve the impasse with 301 firefighters who went on
strike, demanding better pay while battling wildfires in Fort McMurray.
The firefighters are expected to face a disciplinary hearing.
Working on Fire management says it won't be speaking publically on the
matter, until it’s met with Molewa.
The 301 firefighters sent to Canada were demanding a salary increase in
line with their Canadian counterparts.
A mediation team was sent there
last week, where it was agreed that the firefighters would return home because
the weather conditions in Fort McMurray had improved.
Molewa has urged the nation not
to condemn the team and says her department will clinch an agreement with
Canada for future engagements.
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