BIBC STATEMENT REGARDING INDUSTRY CONFLICT

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) has issued a statement regarding the events relating to and resulting from Good Hope Construction workers protest in the Kraaifontein Scottsdene area last week. The dispute arose regarding employees that were either not receiving benefits; or receiving benefits for the incorrect category of employment.  Other issues include overtime not paid at the correct rate.

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ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON CEMENT IMPORTS

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa has moved to impose antidumping duties of between 14.29% and 77.15% on cement imports from Pakistan.

  • the provisional duties have been imposed and will be implemented up to and including November 13, 2015
  • the duties affect portland cement manufactured in Pakistan by Lucky Cement, Bestway Cement, DG Khan Cement and Attock Pakistan Cement.
  • the antidumping application was brought to Itac by South African cement producers representing the Southern Africa Customs Union (Sacu) industry. the Sacu producers stated that there had been an 80%-plus increase in imports from Pakistan between 2010 and 2014, with dumped Pakistani imports accounting for more than 98% of all cement imports in 2014.
  • the industry said the cement was being sold at about 48% less than the ex-factory selling price in Pakistan, causing significant injury to the Sacu cement manufacturing industry.

CONSRUCTION INDUSTRY URGED TO INVEST IN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The lack of skills is still a concern for the construction industry despite the announcement by Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene in the 2015/16 Budget Speech of R813-billion in infrastructure spending for the next three years. 

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UPS AND DOWNS OF SA EMPLOYMENT STATS

The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy increased from an estimated 8.94-million in September to an estimated 8.98-million in December, Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA's) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey revealed on Tuesday. However, the indicators show that the construction sector shed 2% of its employee base over the quarter, dropping 10 000 jobs.

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