Labour Court interdict might stop firefighters protest

The City of JHB will today apply for an interdict to stop the 'work to rule' protest by firefighters.

FILE. Firefighters are arguing that their working hours are from 8am to 4pm while management says they should be working from 7am to 7pm. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg will apply for an urgent interdict in the Labour Court today to bring the 'work to rule' protest action by some firefighters to an end.

Firefighters are arguing that their working hours are from 8am to 4pm while management says they should be working from 7am to 7pm.

This has resulted in stations being left with skeleton staff for a few hours every day.

Staff embarked on this protest action on Friday when negotiations at the bargaining council deadlocked.

The Labour Court is expected to hear arguments from the City of Johannesburg that firefighters are part of an essential service that cannot simply stop work.

Dan Motsoeneng, who represents some firefighters, said the employer cannot use this when refusing to listen to their demands.

"We are forced to resort to this type of action by the incompetent management that we have here. They are the ones who cannot manage this situation."

Firefighters have been served with suspension letters for allegedly instigating and leading the protest action.

Eyewitness News spoke to a Lanseria residents who claims a house burnt down on Saturday because of the 'work to rule' protest.