The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes.
The BCCEI represents the interests of all Level 4 to 9 Construction Industry Development Board companies. These are companies rated to undertake contracts with a value of more than R1.5-million. They are also members of the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and their employees are members of the Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union, or the National Union of Mineworkers.
- BCCEI is as it has a current database of skilled conciliators and arbitrators from which a panel of experienced commissioners has been selected.
- All commissioners sitting on this panel are CCMA accredited - (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration-) and have extensive experience in this industry sector.
- A number of the commissioners have served on the Gautrain project, as well as on the Medupi and Kusile power station projects and should, therefore, have an intimate understanding of the complexity of issues common to the industry.
- Some of the panel members have also been trained in the recent amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), with specific reference to Section 198 disputes, which deal with Temporary Employment Service – TES, or labour brokers.
- The council is in the process of building a library that will house all arbitration cases related to the industry. This will allow all relevant parties to review similar previous cases, should it be necessary.
- Section 21 disputes relating to organisational rights will still have to be referred to the CCMA, as the BCCEI does not have the jurisdictional right to handle such disputes.
- The council is also not able to handle unfair discrimination disputes and these will also need to be referred to the CCMA.