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10 June 2016
Working on Fire says it did not agree to an increased hourly rate for a group of 300 firefighters sent to Canada to assist in battling wildfires.
The firefighters arrived in Canada last month. Officials from Working on Fire are now en route to negotiate with the unhappy firefighters.
Working on Fire says the firefighters signed and agreed to a daily allowance of just under R225 a day in addition to their South African salaries, while the Canadian authorities are paying for their accommodation and meals.
The organisation says they also agreed to an additional out-of-country allowance, which would be paid once they return to South Africa.