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  • EMERGING CONTRACTORS UNDERGOING BUSINESS, CONSTRUCTION TRAINING

    As part of government's Expanded Public Works Programme to create job opportunities and alleviate poverty, about 50 emerging construction contractor-owners from across the Western Cape are currently receiving training by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works on how to run their businesses more effectively.

  • UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS AGREE ON IMPROVED SICK FUND BENEFITS FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

    The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced improved Sick Pay Fund benefits for its members, effective as of 1 July 2014. "These benefits were negotiated between Employer and Trade Union representatives in June, successfully resulting in the implementation thereof in less than a month," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • SA SHOULD LEARN FROM BRAZILIAN LABOUR MARKET SAYS COSATU

    Cosatu believes that the minimum wage and employment aspects of the NDP should follow the example of the Brazilian experience. Former Brazilian President implemented a consolidation of a higher national minimum wage, the formalisation of the labour market, social protection, sound industrialisation development and improved macroeconomic policies in the country, leading to its dramatic advancement in ten years.

  • M&R outlines labour losses and concerns

    Murray & Roberts recently announced that it has incurred around R350-million in losses in its South African business owing to labour unrest and strikes in the 2013 financial year. They cite the deteriorating labour situation in the country is a "big problem" and that he is concerned about the spate of strikes at the Medupi power station construction project, as well as the current general strike in the local construction industry.

  • BCAWU ACCEPT SAFCEC WAGE OFFER

    The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors announced that the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union (BCAWU) have accepted the wage offer tabled by employers in the civil engineering and construction industry last week.

  • NUM MARCHES ON BIBC OFFICES

    Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), in the Western Cape, marched to the offices of the Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC), in Bellville, on Wednesday 28 August and handed over a memorandum with their demands. "We unfortunately received very short notice of this march and as there were conflicting reports whether the march was related to the Civil strike we were unable to inform the industry timeously," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).