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  • OVERSTRAND EMPLOYERS’ COURT CASE AGAINST BARGAINING COUNCIL DISMISSED

    A court case, initiated by a group of building contractors in the Overstrand, against the Minister of Labour and the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has finally been concluded with the dismissal of the case. "The case has been dismissed with costs awarded to the Minister and the BIBC," explained Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • 180 000 EMPLOYED THROUGH GOVERNMENT INFRASTURCURE SPEND

    About 180 000 people had found work through government's infrastructure programme up to March this year, according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

  • SA ENGINEERS CONCERNED ABOUT GOVENMENT INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND

    In a recent Professional Provident Society (PPS) survey of 400 South African engineers, it was revealed that a mere 42% of engineers believed that government was effectively delivering on its promised infrastructure spend.
    PPS head of group marketing and stakeholder relations stated that the survey results were not surprising, given the widespread concerns about infrastructure goals not being met.

  • BUILDING INDUSTRY IMPLEMENTS NEW LABOUR CATEGORY

    The Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) has announced a new category of 'Labourer L2', which automatically applies to a labourer after receiving 122 daily employee benefit fund credits. "Once 122 daily benefits have been credited to the employee's BIBC record or after the employee has been in continuous employment for six months, they are automatically upgraded to Labourer L2 level," explained Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • QUARTERY EARNINGS & EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

    Industry Insight has published its latest report and included in this is an overview of the average monthly earnings and employment figures. The report shows the industry's highs and low and explains that although the construction industry shed 3000 jobs during the 2nd quarter of 2013, which translated to a contraction of 0.7 percent since the 1 quarter of 2013, there is an flip side too. In spite of this job losses, the average monthly earnings in the construction sector has actually increased by 11,2 percent, which is actually the strongest increase across all other sectors in the country.

  • Labour law critics don't make fair comparisons

    Critics of South Africa's labour laws fail to compare the country's laws to those of other similar countries or to consider the country's history when workers had few rights, commented President Jacob Zuma earlier this month. In his opinion our country isn't comparing itself to those on the continent of Africa.
    Zuma said while many workers had few rights under apartheid, democracy in 1994 had helped grant labour rights to workers and had also expanded these rights to a wider range of workers, including farmworkers and domestic workers.

  • BIBC REPORT INCREASE IN REGISTRATIONS

    Despite the present slump in the building industry the BIBC has recorded a 4% increase in the industry compliance, year-to-date compared with the same period last year. "There have been 705 new registrations between November last year and September 2012," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope). 80% of these companies are SMME's, meaning companies with less than 10 staff members, which indicates that the issue of compliance is filtering down to smaller contractors, which form a significant and important part of the industry.