WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that a mediator from Working on Fire has been sent to Canada by Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa to assist in resolving the pay dispute involving a team of South African firefighters.  

Her departmental spokesperson, Albi Modise, said on Sunday that Trevor Abrahams along with a high level management team from Working on Fire and SA High Commissioner to Canada Membathisi Mdladlana would meet with the firefighters involved in the dispute.  This follows President Jacob Zuma’s request for intervention following the standoff, “failing which, the mediation team will ensure that the firefighters are demobilised and return safely back to South Africa”.  Modise said that “Minister Molewa concurs fully with sentiment expressed by Alberta Governor Rachel Notley that remuneration for the firefighters should be fair and equitable.”  The 301 firefighters were deployed to Alberta and arrived on 30 May to assist with wildfire suppression.

As well as, Sparks still flying in firefighters’ pay feud in Canada, at City Press


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