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.
With the slowdown in the economy and an increase in unemployment in the building sector there is unfortunately a growing tendency to exploit labour, by paying workers less than the minimum wage. However, homeowners who are choosing contractors have a civil obligation to check that their contractor is compliant with the minimum employment conditions. ""We have launched an appeal to the public to choose compliant and registered contractors, and would like to stress that it is imperative that the public start realising the effect of hiring rogue builders for the single purpose of choosing the lowest quote regardless of the competencies of the contractor or how little the contractor is paying his workers,"" says Williams.
The BIBC's compliance agents are divided into geographical zones, making each agent responsible for an area and thereby ensuring that not only large construction sites are visited but smaller subsidiary roads too.
- Visit www.bibc.co.za and click on 'compliant employers', if you are still unsure, contact 021 950 7400 and ask whether a builder is registered and compliant.