Build­ing in­dus­try im­ple­ments wage in­crease ac­cord for new year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE BUILD­ING In­dus­try Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil (BIBC) (Cape of Good Hope) has an­nounced the wage in­creases for the build­ing in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­ble from Novem­ber 1.

The par­ties con­cluded a three-year wage agree­ment in 2013 and the agree­ment will ex­pire at the end of Oc­to­ber.

“The ben­e­fit of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing is that the in­dus­try can avoid wage strikes, an ad­van­tage that the in­dus­try can jus­ti­fi­ably be proud of. There have not been in­dus­try­wide strikes within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the BIBC for more than 20 years,” says Ronel Shee­han, sec­re­tary for the Build­ing In­dus­try Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil (Cape of Good Hope).

The in­creases range from 7.5 per­cent to about 12 per­cent de­pend­ing on the cat­e­gory of em­ploy­ment and the area of op­er­a­tion. The higher in­creases are due to the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to wage par­ity be­tween all the ar­eas within its scope. The bar­gain­ing coun­cil will now ap­ply to have the in­creases as well as other ne­go­ti­ated changes to the agree­ment, ex­tended to non-par­ties by the min­is­ter of labour.

The col­lec­tive agree­ment is aimed at en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity in the build­ing in­dus­try and gov­erns the in­dus­try as a whole. It cov­ers the crit­i­cal el­e­ments of min­i­mum wages and ben­e­fits, clauses that have wide-rang­ing ef­fects on the in­dus­try as a whole. Em­ploy­ers and employees in the penin­sula, Boland, Malmes­bury and Over­strand ar­eas are rep­re­sented by the Mas­ter Builders’ and Al­lied Trades As­so­ci­a­tion Western Cape; Boland Mas­ter Builders’ and Al­lied Trades As­so­ci­a­tion; Build­ing Work­ers’ Union; Build­ing, Wood and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union of South Africa; Na­tional Union of Minework­ers and the Build­ing Con­struc­tion and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union.


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