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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:00

Annual 2014 Builders’ Holidays

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has confirmed that the annual builders' holidays for this year will start at close of business on the 12th of December 2014 (first leave day being the 15th of December 2014). The Industry will reopen on the…
Dismantling South Africa's existing centralised collective bargaining model without a viable alternative in place would result in "total chaos", as it would not address the root causes of discontent plaguing domestic labour relations, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) industrial relations executive Gordon…
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the construction sector has begun, during which process the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come into effect in May 2015. The revised…
Government involvement in operational matters relating to industrial relations is undesirable, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Friday. Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal economic summit, she said this was the reason why the government created these institutions. "The unwarranted intervention by government carries the real danger of…
A court case, initiated by a group of building contractors in the Overstrand, against the Minister of Labour and the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has finally been concluded with the dismissal of the case. "The case has been dismissed with costs awarded…
As part of government's Expanded Public Works Programme to create job opportunities and alleviate poverty, about 50 emerging construction contractor-owners from across the Western Cape are currently receiving training by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works on how to run their businesses more…
The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced improved Sick Pay Fund benefits for its members, effective as of 1 July 2014. "These benefits were negotiated between Employer and Trade Union representatives in June, successfully resulting in the implementation thereof in less than a month," said Arnold…
The Department of Human Settlements plans to abandon the rectification programme aimed at fixing poorly built houses and is placing the responsibility for repair work at the contractors' feet. Over the past three years, the department has spent R2-billion on repairing Reconstruction and Development Programme, or…
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant warned that the labour legislation was not to blame for the prolonged and often violent strikes hitting various industries across South Africa. The Minister stressed: the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality fed into the troubles that have emerged transformation, not…
Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar has come out saying that despite crippling industry-wide strikes, unstable foreign exchange rates and an uncertain post-election period, the building industry in South Africa is on the mend and is showing signs of recovering…
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:30

MBSA congress in Port Elizabeth

The yearly Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress will be held in Port Elizabeth in September, where national and African representatives will have an opportunity to discuss the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in the building industry.With the congress theme of Building Sustainable South Africa, the…
Wage talks between South African metal and engineering employers and the sector's main union will resume on Tuesday in an effort to end a strike that is sapping the country and the continent's most advanced economy, a union spokesperson said. More than 200 000 employees affiliated…