CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that while all of the City of Cape Town's fire stations were operating with a full staff complement on Tuesday, it was a case of "wait and see" if this remained the case after 16:30.  

This was because the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) had warned that firefighters would no longer work overtime owing to a pay dispute.  About 60% of firefighters are affiliated to the union.  According to mayoral committee member JP Smith, the fire service's work hours are regulated by an agreement to which Samwu is a signatory.  Samwu's Sebenzile Kiva previously explained that firefighters were employed to work 40 hours a week but, in most cases, they ended up working between 72 and 80 hours a week.  Provincial secretary John Mcanjana said firefighters would fulfil their contractual obligations and work their required eight hours and clock out at 16:30.  Eyewitness News reported later on Tuesday that most of the firefighters at the Roeland Street station had heeded the call to boycott overtime work.  Apparently, there were only three members left to man the station.  The City’s director for safety and security Richard Bosman said disciplinary steps would be initiated against any employee who refused to work the standby hours as they would be in contravention of their conditions of service.


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