The Robben Island Museum (RIM) is investigating an alleged arson attack after one of its ferries caught fire resulting in delays on Thursday morning’s scheduled tours.
This comes in the wake of a wage-related dispute which has since turned into a strike.
According to the South African RIM spokesperson Morongoa Ramaboa the first tour of the day on Thursday was hampered by delays due to an “attack” on one of RIM’s ferries.
“Unfortunately, there appears to have been possible sabotage with the tampering of one of RIM’s vessels that transported staff members from the island at 6:30 to Nelson Mandela Gateway,”
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) regional representatives have distanced themselves from the alleged attack on the vessel.
Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said the strike is being conducted in a peaceful manner.
“If they have proof of sabotage, they must take this evidence to the police,” Xaba exclaimed.
More than 200 workers, including tour guides, boat crews, marketing and ticket salespeople, have downed tools following stalled negotiations with the museum.
Demands from union members include, a 9% across the board salary increase along with a two-year salary agreement and a R2 000 once-off cash payment for every employee.
“The strike is indefinite. It will last forever. Unless the museum comes back to us and accepts our demands,” Xaba asserted.