“This is not the first time issues like this have surfaced. We have spoken to the Robben Island Museum regarding this matter because workers are struggling and they are not treating them right,” said National Education, Helth and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) regional secretary Baxolise Mali.
Mali said the workers’ concerns ranged from their salaries to making contract workers permanent.
“You have to remember, Robben Island Museum spends an exorbitant amount of money on refurbishments on ferries, and we have been going through negotiations with them for a while and they have constantly told us they don’t have funds,” Mali said.
Earlier this month Robben Island Museum staff downed tools to hand in a list of grievances to the management of the World Heritage Site. Among some of their grievances were salaries, contract workers and the state of the harbour on the island.