The Building Industry Bargaining Council has issued a statement to notify the building industry as well as the business community and public that the strike action currently taking place falls within the scope of the Bargaining Council for the Civil Construction and Engineering Industry and should not affect the Building Construction Sector.
"There is no reason for the Building Construction Industry to be affected by the current Civil Construction strike and we have notified the industry to confirm that all employees that fall within the jurisdiction of the Building Industry who join the strike, will do so on a "no work no pay" basis," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).
- About 90,000 workers in the construction industry downed tools after wage talks with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors became deadlocked.
- This of course affects workers at South Africa's largest Civil companies as well as smaller companies.
- Taking into account the disruption to services and the damage done to the country's reputation, the Building Industry Bargaining Council Western Cape is proud of their role in averting strikes within the building industry and their long-term success in this area of labour relations.
- Part of the BIBC's mission is to promote labour peace and to avoid strikes in the industry by negotiating employment issues in the industry in a constructive manner. "Unlike many other industries that have been marred by several strikes, the Building Industry in the Western Cape has managed to avoid a major strike for over 20 years, which is something to be very proud of," concluded Williams.