earningsTMG Digital reports that the Globe and Mail (G&M) has reported that, fearing they would be seen as using “slave labour”‚ Canadian officials are jacking up the salaries of South African firefighters who are in Alberta to battle a wildfire.  

The firefighters‚ including about 60 women‚ from the Working on Fire programme‚ flew out to fight a massive blaze.  The G&M wrote that, while the roughly “$1500 a month in daily allowances and expenses” the South Africans were paid when they worked in the area last year “seemed fair to the South African firefighters…  it sparked concerns from Canadian agencies at the end of their deployment last year”.  An intervention by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) “felt it would be inappropriate to use them again given the low wages” and increased their pay rate to “about $15 to $21 an hour”.

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