SA Firefighters return home from Canada, wage dispute continues

Leonie Pretorius
14 June 2016

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.