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CT firefighters to march over lack of overtime pay

The South African Municipal Workers Union said if the city did not meet their demands, members will only work from 8 am until 4 pm from 1 October.

A firefighter battles to extinguish the fire on Kloof Nek near Camps Bay, Cape Town on 7 February 2019. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town firefighters will march to the Civic Centre on Thursday in connection with overtime pay.

They claim the City of Cape Town does not pay them for overtime work.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) said if the city did not meet their demands, members will only work from 8 am until 4 pm from 1 October.

The union's Sebenzile Kiva said members were ready to take to the streets.

He said firefighters were contractually employed to work 40 hours per week but were in many cases working 72 to 80 hours a week without being paid overtime.

“We applied for the march, it’s legal. One of the demands is that firefighters are working longer hours but are not paid by the employer.”

Samwu initially demanded an almost 80% allowance hike, but the union has dropped it to 60%.

“The management of City of Cape Town are arrogant, they don’t want to come to the table and negotiate with the firefighters and we started these negotiations in 2017.”