Some of the 300 South African firefighters working on the Fort McMurray wildfire are leaving early.
An Alberta government spokesman says there is a wage dispute between the group and the South African government, and there was a work stoppage Wednesday.
Ditiro Moseki, a firefighters’ spokesman, says he and his crew are upset a South African agency which helped bring them to Canada claims they’re making more money than what they’re actually getting.
In fact, Moseki says they’re being paid 50-dollars a day, but their Canadian counterparts are making 27-dollars an hour.
The firefighters arrived in Edmonton May 29th. Alberta Wildfire said at the time that the crew would work a 14-day rotation, followed by a reassessment of their efforts.
The province says it has a contract with South Africa and if there is a disagreement, then it’s between the firefighters and their government.