http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 16.24Change: -0.04
R/$ = 14.26Change: 0.03
Au 1275.15 $/ozChange: 10.88
Pt 1059.50 $/ozChange: 13.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 08, 2009

Safcec, unions to meet Labour Minister on construction strike

Back
Construction|Building|Engineering|Gautrain|Industrial|PROJECT|Projects|Water|Gautrain|Gautrain|Gautrain
Construction|Building|Engineering|Gautrain|Industrial|PROJECT|Projects|Water|Gautrain|Gautrain|Gautrain
construction|building|engineering|gautrain-company|industrial|project|projects|water|gautrain-facility|gautrain-organization|gautrain



Labour unions and the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) would meet with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana on Thursday to discuss a possible solution to the nation wide strike.

“We will go there with an open mind. We are open to explore areas of settlement,” said the Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union (BCAWU) spokesperson Marius Moloto.

However, he added that the strike would continue, despite further negotiations. “The strike will go ahead until a settlement is reached, only then will we call it off.”

Safcec spokesperson Joe Campanella has confirmed that strategic projects such as the 2010 stadiums, airports and the Gautrain have been targeted by strike action with some other projects also being affected.

“Safcec remains concerned about the effect that the current industrial action will have on the 2010 World Cup and has reaffirmed its commitment to finding a solution. Safcec has been available throughout the past weeks to the unions for discussion and remains available,” Campanella said.

Thousands of workers started a nationwide strike on Wednesday afternoon, after wage negotiations broke down earlier this month. The unions were demanding a 13% increase in wages, as well as other benefits, while Safcec was offering a 10,4% raise.

However, Campanella told Engineering News Online that the demands made by the unions equalled a 65% wage increase. He noted that the unions had negotiated on a package basis, which not only included a 13% raise in minimum wages, but also annual bonuses, paid maternity leave and reduced working hours without the loss of pay.

“This will have a huge cost impact on both the small and big companies, imagine a 65% increase in your wages,” Campanella said.

Moloto countered that the unions and the workers did not equate their other demands with a monetary value. “The minimum salaries are very low, so you can’t make that argument with a worker. They understand what goes into their pocket, not how it builds up into the employer’s total cost.”

He added that the higher wages would also not affect the employers directly, as the client would ultimately have to foot the bill. “After all, the clients pay, the wages do not come out of the employer’s good will or out of his own pockets. When the employers tender for a project, the total costs are added to that tender, so the cost is carried through to the clients. They cannot tell you they are doing it out of their pockets, the argument doesn’t carry water.”

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has pledged its support to the construction workers’ strike.

“The federation shares the National Union of Mineworker’s anger at Safcec’s assertion that they cannot give workers an additional 3% because they are building stadiums for what is largely a ‘poor man’s game’ and that if these workers were building golf courses it would have been different,” Cosatu said in a statement.

The congress noted that the dispute was not targeting the World Cup venues, but was a normal dispute within the entire sector.

“Cosatu, and the construction workers, are as passionate about the 2010 World Cup as anyone, and will do everything possible to ensure its success. But we will not tolerate the stadiums being built by workers who are underpaid or working in dangerous or unhealthy conditions.”

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Labour and Skills Development News
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann
With South Africa facing a direct “jobs bloodbath”, the peripheral consequences in the wake of the retrenchment of some 60 000 workers would be five times the impact expected, a new report by trade union Solidarity revealed on Tuesday. The current pattern and wave of...
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant
With the transformation of the top companies in the private sector significantly less advanced than in the public sector, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Monday warned companies to pull up their socks or face penalties under the Employment Equity Act. The...
Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the...
African private equity firms cashed in on investments last year at the highest rate in almost a decade, with South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya accounting for two-thirds of these exits. Equity firms sold investments in 44 companies in 2015, compared to 39...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Updated 6 hours ago The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
Updated 6 hours ago South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS The 700-series devices provide network security monitoring, app control, URL filtering, VPN security, antivirus, antispam, antibot, and advanced intrusion prevention and detection functionality
Updated 6 hours ago Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Updated 6 hours ago Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Updated 6 hours ago Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149