Newspaper article The Canadian Press

South African Company Sorry about Firefighter Pay Dispute in Alberta

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

South African Company Sorry about Firefighter Pay Dispute in Alberta

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Company sorry about firefighter pay dispute

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EDMONTON - A South African company that brought a crew of 300 people to Alberta to help fight the Fort McMurray wildfire says it is sorry about an ongoing dispute over their pay.

Working on Fire Ltd. posted a message on its website Friday saying it is extremely disappointed the dispute wasn't resolved internally before it escalated into an international incident.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said the province contracted with the company to pay the firefighters roughly $170 per day.

But a member of the crew says they were being paid about $50 per day for fighting the fire in 12-hour shifts.

Working on Fire says it never agreed to pay anyone that amount and the workers are leaving for home because of the dispute.

Notley has said her NDP government will ensure that every firefighter from South Africa is paid according to Alberta law, which stipulates a minimum wage of $11. …

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