SA Firemen Strike in Canada

After only five days on the job, a group of 300 black South African firemen sent to help Canada fight the ongoing Alberta wildfires, have gone on strike.

The firefighters garnered international media attention when they touched down in Canada last month, singing and dancing as they landed, as part of a “payback for Canadian opposition to Apartheid.”

Now, however, the Africans say they are “confused” over how much they are to be paid for their work, even though all the contracts were worked out and individually signed in South Africa before they departed.

According to a statement issued by Working on Fire, the South African government-funded program which organized the deployment, management is “extremely disappointed that we couldn’t resolve this internally before it escalated to become an international incident.”

Working on Fire is, according to its website, a “job-creation program” which employs more than “5000 young men and women” drawn from “marginalized communities and trained in fire awareness and education, prevention, and fire suppression skills.”

All of the firefighters have been “demobilized” since the strike, and will be flown home, their managers say.

The dispute began just north of Fort McMurray when a team of 60 of the Africans met with one of their managers on Tuesday morning this week.

At the impromptu meeting in the field, the firefighters claimed to be astonished to learn that their pay, set at (Canadian) $50 per day, would not all be paid to them while they were in Canada.

Of course, this had been spelled out to them before they left South Africa, and each one had signed a written contract in which the payment plan was specified.

The agreement which they signed stated that they would be paid $15 per day, with the remaining $35 per day being paid out to them when they returned to South Africa.

Working on Fire said that the reason why the $35 would only be paid upon the Africans’ return to South Africa was to “prevent them wasting it in Canada.”

The extra pay is in addition to their South African salaries, which are still being paid into their bank accounts back home. In addition, the Canadian Authorities are covering their accommodation and meals, so in theory they have no living expenses whatsoever while they are in Canada.

The fluctuating exchange rate between the South African Rand and the Canadian dollar also foxed the Africans, who found that they were suddenly being paid “more” in Rand than what they had expected, as the Rand continues its slide into junk status.

The discrepancy in exchange rates, however, led to false rumors among the Africans that they had received a pay increase as well.

“It was pretty clear that within minutes [of this week’s informal meeting] they had a mutiny on their hand,” a source told the media in Canada.

The very next day, all 300 firefighters went on strike, creating an immediate staffing crisis in the ongoing fight against the massive fire. Canadian officials had planned on the Africans being ready to cover one sector in the fight against the massive fire, and were left scrambling to plug the gap.

The Working on Fire statement went on to say that they had previously completed “numerous international deployments in the past,” and that they had always agreed “on remuneration with our firefighters when going on deployments of this nature and, as in this instance, formal contracts were signed.”

“We are currently investigating the matter internally and wish to apologize to both the Canadian government and Canadian citizens for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Upon their arrival in Canada, the Africans danced for the Canadian media.

When the Africans first arrived in Canada, the controlled media enthusiastically welcomed them, and proudly announced that the reason why they had come to Canada was to “pay back” that nation for its support of the anti-Apartheid movement.

An article in Canada’s iPolitics journal, titled “Why 300 South Africans are fighting to save Fort McMurray: ‘Today we are paying back‘,” said that the South African government “sees it as re-paying a debt to the Canadian people for their support for the anti-apartheid struggle.”

“As South Africans we feel indebted to the Canadian people,” a senior South African official said at the departure ceremony. “Remember that these are the people who stood on our side in our times of trouble, so today we are paying back.”

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  1. Sadly the Canadian government was paying $170 per day to the SA government agency – see link. This on top of the training to fight the boreal forest fires that Canada provided free of charge, air charter Canada paid for and the living costs that Canada provided. So the agency Working on Fire was pocketing a lot of cash. Typical black government corruption. Guess you need a lot of change to fund your mansions in Bishops Court.

  2. Really, you've got to laugh. What did the hapless Canadians think they were getting – real firefighters? Your black South African is more accomplished in setting fires than extinguishing them (30 schools burnt down by black mobs in Limpopo in May/June). And let's not talk about the municipal offices and libraries that regularly go up in flames – it might upset all those Canadians that helped them during apartheid…

  3. Is anyone with half a brain surprised? This was all a publicity game for SA, I doubted they were serious in the first place and they showed my guess to be correct. I hope no one actually thought SA was on it for anything other than publicity and to get $$$$$$ for nothing and disrupting the media attention away from the real tragedy, the wildfire. It has been a costly error for Canada to have put any hope in SA, monies that could have been better spent hiring real firefighters. Ship the back now, ASAP and direct the money and attention back where it should be?

  4. Next they won't want to go back to Africa, they will be given asylum and then their families will be flown over to join them, they have jumped the queue.

  5. All you have to do is Google the phrase you're quoting to find out it's false. It was a claim by a disgruntled ex employee.

  6. Disgraceful to say the least…always finding a reason. Unfortunately to many have not got a heart where compassion & giving is involved first, it's more about what can I take & who can I hate!

  7. The only thing that surprises me is that they are going back to Africa. I would expect them to be given apologies, back pay, Canadian citizenship and tax payer funded homes … and black African quotas or future assistance.

  8. They ain't going back to SA if they can help it! Some sleazebag lawyer (Canada has lots of those) will help them gain legal status as "refugees". Oh, yeah, another scam in the making as I type these words. Bet on it!

  9. I doubt if they'd be any use putting out the fires in any case. But who cares about vast areas of forest and presumably 20, 30, or 40 years' growth wasted. It was a nice holiday for them, free food, accommodation, money paid at home, more money on top, no work, and a free flight back to their township. Assuming they don't all stay to parasitise off Canadians.

  10. Nice story. Any sensible person will see the moral. Unfortunately the multi-culti PC Marxists are anything but sensible.

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