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CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that around 100 off-duty firefighters gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre last Thursday to plead to the City to hear their grievances about a standby allowance and working conditions.  

With security already tight at the centre because of the MyCiTi bus strike, a few representatives were eventually let in to hand over a memorandum.  The City later confirmed that safety and security director Richard Bosman had received it.  The group held up various placards, including one that read "Underpaid but still proud firefighter".  The firefighters said they were not asking for wage increases, but to be paid fairly for all their hours worked.  Under contention are 80 of the 240 monthly hours that firefighters work, which are classified as "standby" hours, but which firefighters feel are equivalent to working normal hours.  Bosman refers to this period as "down time", and operational staff thus get paid a 22.8% allowance in terms of the applicable collective agreement.  But firefighters say that this is not "standby", as they are stuck at their workplace, rather than at home with their families.  They also stress that they only receive this allowance - and not a salary - for work on Sundays and public holidays.  Other issues in contention include a R170 monthly meal allowance, policies on acting allowances, and career advancements.

  • Read this report by Jenna Etheridge in full at News24

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