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earningsCBC News reports that South African firefighters who made international headlines for singing when they arrived in Canada have now turned to protest songs over the wages they're being paid.  

About 300 firefighters who came to Alberta last month to help fight the Fort McMurray fire did not report for work Wednesday because of a pay dispute.  One of the firefighters based at a camp north of Fort McMurray, said they were being paid $15 a day.  A contract thought to be between the firefighters and their South African employer seems to show they would be paid a total of $50 a day, split into two payments, namely $15 a day now, with the balance of $35 a day paid out within six months of their return to South Africa.  The contract also makes it clear the money the firefighters are being paid is over and above their home wages, which were not disclosed.  Alberta Agriculture and Forestry said if there was a disagreement, it was between the firefighters and their employer and not with the Government of Alberta.  The crews are meeting with South African officials.

  • Read this report by Gareth Hampshire in full at CBC News
  • See too, SA brandbestryders in Kanada staak, at Netwerk24

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