The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has confirmed that the annual builders' holidays for this year will start on 17 December 2013 (1st leave day) and the industry re-opens on Monday, 13 January 2014. The duration of the builders' annual leave is traditionally 15 working days, plus the three public holidays that fall within the leave period, and is legislated as part of the BIBC's Collective Agreement. This year the Council again negotiated an additional unpaid leave day since the start of the working period would have been Friday 10 January 2014 had they not done so.
The Building Industry shutdown period is determined by the Council by no later than 30 June each year. An employee may agree with his/her employer to work during the annual leave period and shall be paid the basic wage paid for any time worked during such period, whilst security guards and other employees who work during this period shall, by agreement with their employers, be granted leave equal to the period worked during annual shutdown.
The Council has once again issued a reminder for persons wanting to build to ensure that the contractor is duly registered and compliant with the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope). This can be done by visiting the Council's website www.bibc.co.za or calling the Council's offices on 021 950 7400.