Call to use registered contractors
THE BUILDING Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) recently appealed to key industry, commercial and governmental sectors to ensure that industry regulations are being adhered to.
Speaking at a recent breakfast function, BIBC chairman Wilson Poni called on key bodies, including the providers of finance and those that awarded tenders to the construction industry, to observe the necessity for tenders to be awarded only to compliant and registered contractors.
“We would like to thank private and public sector clients who are complying and appeal to those who are not yet observing the need to only award tenders to contractors who are following industry regulations to please do so, to create a culture of compliance in the building industry,” said Poni.
He reminded principal contractors who made use of subcontractors that they had an obligation to ensure that subcontractors were compliant with the council,and that the liability remained with the contractor in the case of negligence.
Touching on the issue of industrial action, he said that although a number of key industrial sectors had been plagued by serious strikes over the last few months, which had had a negative effect on production and output, the building sector in Cape Town seemed to have been spared widespread disruption, apart from the contained strikes at Green Point Stadium and the Cape Town International Airport.
“We believe the BIBC has been effective in its function of keeping the industry free from widespread industrial action, through the implementation of a broad-reaching collective agreement,” said Poni.