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ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Sowetan reports that Ekurhuleni has put 48 female firefighters on suspension after they protested about their working conditions and the payment of shift allowances.  

The firefighters demonstrated in Pretoria two weeks ago about conditions of service in the city, including having to work more than eight hours a day.  Ekurhuleni has accused them of bringing the metro into disrepute.  “They participated in an illegal march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in full City of Ekurhuleni Emergency Services uniform, thus putting the name of the employer into disrepute,” said the city’s spokesperson Themba Gadebe on Monday.  Arthur Mbonani, a SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) shop steward in Ekurhuleni, said the workers attended an event organised by the metro during Women’s Month.  It was there that they spoke among themselves about their work conditions and “decided on their own to go to the Union Buildings in order to raise their issues due to frustrations they have had about nonpayment of extra shifts and allowances.”  He added:  “Their complaints were that they need to be paid certain allowances which they believe in terms of the conditions of service, they are entitled to – night shift and danger allowances and for extra hours that they work daily.”  Samwu’s regional secretary Thokozani Nkosi said the union would be challenging the employer.  Despite having 48 female firefighters off duty, Gadebe said that the disaster and emergency services in the city would not be affected as the suspended group represented only a mere 0.05% of the total workforce.

  • Read this report by Penwell Dlamini in full at SowetanLive


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