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CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that firefighters at 30 stations across Cape Town held a lunchtime picket on Wednesday over their working conditions, including the lack of danger pay, promotion obstacles and the decreasing rate of pay for 24-hour shifts.  

Off-duty firefighters held signs at the Roeland Street station, while those who were on duty did not participate, but stood in a line outside in their uniform.  They jumped into a fire truck and sped off when an emergency call came through during the picket.  Firefighters from across the peninsula said they were aggrieved that they worked around 240 hours a month, but were only paid for 160 hours.  They worked 24-hour shifts, a portion of which time was on standby at the station.  This time was apparently paid back with a standby allowance of 22.8% of the hourly rate.  The firefighters said they should be paid for the full hour because they were still at work.  One employee claimed:  "We are working outside of the basic conditions of employment.  Our fire agreement has lapsed.  The firefighters also want danger pay because of the inherent dangers of the job.  There was also unhappiness about the monthly meal allowance of R170, and policies on acting allowances and promotions.  The City's safety and security director Richard Bosman said:  "We are currently engaging with personnel through their trade unions on the matter in order to reach an amicable resolution."

  • Read this report by Jenna Etheridge in full at News24

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