DUBAI: The strike at Dubai’s penguin enclosure entered day three this morning, with the two sides still unable to agree to new contract deals that would see the Antarctic animals return to their posts.
The standoff between Ski Dubai and the 20 snow penguins – who only arrived in January 2012 – began two days ago, when a King Penguin by the name of Squeaky refused to take part in the hourly ‘encounters’ with visitors, citing issues with pension contributions. By lunchtime, the discontent had spread to the rest of the herd and the afternoon ‘March of the Penguins’, in which they take part in a procession around Ski Dubai, had to be cancelled.
The two sides remained at loggerheads yesterday morning with additional demands coming overnight from the penguin trade union officials, including increased cover on healthcare insurance, annual return flights to SeaWorld San Antonio in Florida and, simply, ‘fish’.
“We’ve got a fresh batch of Atlantic sardines arriving this afternoon which we hope will bring the penguins back to the bargaining table,” said a Ski Dubai official, adding the facility was considering “rounding up all the dwarves working in nightclubs around town and sticking them in penguin outfits”.